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Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology

Course Details

Course Number
RESP 3433
Fall 2015
Bridwell Hall
Classroom Number
Days & Times


2:20-4:00 pm MTR

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


Course Objectives



  • Learn the human anatomy of the cardiopulmonary system to include some developmental changes from the embryo to an adult.
  • Learn basic human cardiopulmonary physiology.



  • Describe the normal anatomy of the head and upper airway.
  • Describe the normal anatomy of the cardiovascular system, mediastinum, and lungs.
  • List and describe the functions of the muscles of respiration.
  • Identify the lung volumes and subdivisions.
  • Describe control of breathing.
  • Describe the compliance of the lungs as it relates to the mechanics of breathing.
  • Describe the role that surface tensions play with the expansion and deflation of the lung.
  • Define airway resistance, discuss its role in ventilation and how different factors regulate airway resistance in the body.
  • Describe deadspace in the lungs and its affect on alveolar ventilation.
  • Describe the relationships of minute volumes, alveolar volumes, and deadspace volumes.
  • Know the mechanisms of oxygen transport.
  • Define pulmonary gas diffusion and discuss the physical and physiological factors that affect diffusion.
  • Know basic values for hemodynamic testing.
  • Interpret basic ECG’s
  •  Know the structure and function of the kidney and its role in acid/base balance.
Course Expectations





      During the semester there will be in-depth exams covering the

      specified material. Examinations may consist of true/false,

      multiple choice, short answer or essay questions.



      A comprehensive examination consisting of true/false, multiple  

      choice, short answer or essay questions will be given.



All reading material must be read prior to class.  In order for you to prepare for lecture you will be given readiness assessment tests (RAT).  You will take the test on WebCT prior to class.  Please print your score and bring the test to class.  You will then work in groups to come up with a collaborative answer.  I will then average the two tests to determine your score.







In order to understand how gases transfer across the alveolar capillary membrane, we must learn the behaviors of gases and partial pressures. You will be assigned a group project to be presented in class.  Due Sept. 9th



Select a topic of interest to you within (Cardiopulmonary A&P) The paper should be approximately 3 pages (excluding cover sheet and reference page). Include these three aspects of the topic:

  • 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?
  • Given these conclusions, what are the implications for the  future of respiratory care?

You must site your references at the end of your paper.    The paper must have at least 5 references. References must be current (within the last 5 years).  Use scholarly sources; apply APA style to the manuscript.




Grading Standards


      Lecture Examinations:                             60%

      Cumulative Final Examination:                20%

      Readiness Assessment Exams              10%

      Class Presentation                                    5%

      Research Paper                                         5%







F=below 60   

Submission Format Policy 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

Anything not completed and handed in on time will be subjected to a 15% per day penalty (weekends and holidays included).  No exceptions! 

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.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

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. 

Other Policies


Class participation is an integral part of this course.  There are numerous activities that require each student to participate from the readings, case studies, research, or in response to the discussion by others.  You are expected to participate actively in and contribute to the learning experience in this course.  

Class attendance is strongly advised since examinations will be based upon material discussed in class. All reading material must be read prior to class for full topic discussion. It will be strongly encouraged to inform the professor in advance of any need to miss class (phone message or email is ok) and it is advisable to ask another student to take good notes and pick up handouts.

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

fall 2015 syllabus-20160309-093140.doc

Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at

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