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Pulmonary Diagnostics

Course Details

Course Number
RESP 4403-X1
Fall 2012
Bridwell Hall
Classroom Number
Days & Times

Online  Course

Dr. Jennifer Anderson EdD, RRT-NPS (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Course Objectives

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Explain the instrumentation required to perform basic spirometry, lung volume determination, and diffusion tests.
  2. Differentiate between volume sensing and flow sensing spirometers, citing strengths and weaknesses of each design
  3. List the indications for pulmonary diagnostic testing.
  4. Identify normal and abnormal diffusion study data and can explain challenges relating  to the use of DLCO testing.
  5. Interpret pulmonary function data and choose appropriate means of intervention.
  6. Define commonly utilized pulmonary function terms with the proficiency of an advanced practitioner
  7. Define provide normal values for lung volumes, performance parameters, and capacities, and perform pulmonary function testing with the proficiency of an advanced practitioner.
  8. Discuss pathophysiology, clinical significance of, and techniques used to measure various pulmonary function parameters with the proficiency of an advanced practitioner.
  9. Identify conditions relating to respiratory and metabolic dysfunction when evaluating blood gas values.
  10. Evaluate exercise tests identifying anaerobic threshold, limitations to exercise based on de-conditioning, pulmonary and cardiac sources.
  11. List pulmonary diagnostic tests that help identify abnormal responses to increased carbon dioxide and decreased oxygen levels.
  12. Identify common mistakes in quality assurance testing relating to pulmonary diagnostic equipment.
Course Expectations




There will be four exams in this class.  These will be open book, as you may use any of your assigned resources, notes from discussions online, posted content from the professor.  You may NOT consult your classmates.  These exams may consist of multiple choices, short answer, definitions, listing, true false, and/or essay.   Your exams are timed and must be completed within the time limit. 


Class participation is an integral part of this online course.  There are activities that require each student to post opinions from the readings, case studies, research, or in response to the discussion by others.  However, in order to earn the maximum amount of participation points you are expected to participate actively in and contribute to the learning experience in this course.   You should provide feedback, comments, and thoughts under dialogue and discussion. 


Participation means providing substantive comments, questions and contributions that advance the learning process for you and/or other learners in the course. Participation may include responding to questions and issues posed by other learners. Non-substantive comments, irrelevant comments and comments of the nature of “I agree” or “I disagree” (unless the latter two are elaborated upon to make them substantive) do not count towards meeting the participation requirement. There is not a required length for postings as I am looking for quality and substance.


Select a topic of interest to you within (Pulmonary Diagnostics Respiratory Care) and post a 20-25 slide presentation.

  • Include indications/contradictions, associated pathologies, equipment, and any new technology that may be available. 
  • What is known and reported in the literature and research about your topic?
  • Given what the literature and research say about your topic, what conclusions can you draw?
  • Will your findings affect your practice or understanding of your given topic?


You must site your references at the end of your project.   If you chose to add pictures they must also be referenced.   The project must have at least 5 references. References must be current (within the last 5 years).  Use scholarly sources; apply APA style referencing.


You are not limited to but may consider the following topics:


Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing

Specialized Test Regimens

Pediatric Pulmonary Diagnostics

Quality Assurance in Pulmonary Diagnostics

Metabolic and Nutritional Assessment

Arterial Blood Gas Analysis


Student Feedback:

After presentations are posted you will provide feedback for two student’s projects.  Try and make sure everyone receives feedback!

Guidelines for feedback are as follows:

a)         Acknowledge those things that have been done well,

b)         Determine where you think there could be flaws in the data presented, or alternatives to consider.

c)         Ask questions and offer suggestions that might enhance the response and help expand critical thinking.



Time Guidelines:

Topic Submission:                                              September 4, 2011

Project Posting                                                  November 20, 2011

Student Feedback:                                             December 6, 2011



Grading Standards






F=below 60








Case Studies                                                             25%                                

Project                                                                       20%

Exams                                                                      45% 

Participation                                                              10%


                     100 % 

Submission Format Policy


RESP 3553 Online---Blackboard Online: Login, Password, and Communication

Within RESP 3553 on Blackboard, and from the first page note these icons: Syllabus, Learning modules, Web Links, Assessments, and Discussion. There are several other obvious icons for your use.


1.Syllabus---contains the syllabus.


2. Learning Modules---these are modules for each chapter. Please review and read these; they provide additional information. You will find chapter objectives, study guides and power point slides here.


3.Discussions---here you will post your projects and other information.  There are sections including, Discussion & Dialogue. D&D allows you to post discussion of the readings, questions, or comments related to the course. You can post and others respond in Dialogue & Dialogue sections. Thus, in the D&D sections a dialogue develops over the course. You will gain participation points by posting here.


4.  Web Links---you will find useful information that will link you to online respiratory research databases


5. Assessments—here you will find your midterm and final exams. All assessments are timed and you may only take the exam once.


6.  Assignments- here you will post the answers to your case studies.


7. Chat- here you may want to set up study groups.  You may enter a room at anytime and have live Chats with other students.  Other students and the professor are able to read a log of the Chat discussions.


8. Email---Use email in the course site when you need to communicate with me or if you wish to communicate with other learners in the course. You can add attachments to the email. The only way to read this email is to go to the course in Blackboard.              



Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.
Late Paper Policy

WebCT is designed so that students are locked out of the system after the deadline has passed.  Please make note of all deadlines and adhere to them.  Anything not completed and handed in on time will be subjected to a 15% per day penalty (weekends and holidays included).  All assignments must be completed by midnight of the due date. 

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

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Attendance Requirements

Regular class attendance is required.  No distinction is made between excused and unexcused absences unless the absence has been cleared through the office of the Dean of Students, Athletic Department or Academic Affairs.  Please refer to the MSU Student Handbook for more information.

Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Calendar Attachment

COURSE SCHEDULE Pulmonary Diagnostics Fall 2012-20120829-145823.docx

Campus Carry

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