SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M2B125959
Module Leader Kirsty Marks
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Physiotherapy
  • A (September start)-B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Normally successful completion of Level 1 BSc Hons Physiotherapy Modules.

Summary of Content

This module introduces a variety of cardiac and respiratory conditions, and their physiotherapy assessment, planning, treatment and management. It also considers the potential impact of pyschosocial factors such as age, gender, culture and socio-economic status. Treatment management approaches include exercise, self-management, behaviour change physiotherapeutic techniques. It also includes critical appraisal of relevant current literature. The ability to document physiotherapy findings in an agreed format (SOAP) with consideration of professional statutory bodies and legal requirements will be developed. The viva examination is designed to simulate the clinical assessment, management and clinical reasoning necessary for professional practice. The written exam will consolidate knowledge and understanding of cardiacand respiratory conditions and pathophysiology.


Factors contributing to the assessment and management of long term conditions including: psychosocial, socioeconomic, ethnicity, age, gender, culture and health behaviour change. Outcome measures. Subjective and objective examination in a cardiac and respiratory context taking into account ethical and legal issues of informed consent to ensure safe and effective practice. Physiotherapy management of cardiac and respiratory systems and identified patient-centred problems. Goal setting. Signposting to additional services and referral onward to other professionals.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this modules the student should be able to:1. Describe the anatomy, biomechanics and pathophysiology of the cardiac and respiratory systems.2. Relate the impact, course and prognosis of cardiac and respiratory pathologies on normal cardiac and respiratory function.3. Complete an appropriate examination of an individual with cardiac and/or respiratory problems and analyse the findings to a develop person-centred problem list taking into account psychosocial, ethical and legal issues to ensure safe and effective practice.4. Explain, justify and undertake holistic management strategies to meet individual patients needs using evidence and critical awareness for individuals with cardiac and/or respiratory problems.5. Identify the factors influencing health related behaviour and behaviour change.6. Demonstrate the ability to document physiotherapy findings in an agreed format (SOAP) to meet professional and legal requirements.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

This module will adopt a blended learning approach. Theoretical concepts will be explored using face-to-face teaching and learning strategies in tutorials, lectures, seminars and practical classes. These strategies will include; clinical reasoning panels, clinical simulation, problem-based learning, group discussion, peer-assisted learning, flipped classrooms, role modelling, visiting clinical specialists, service users and self-directed learning. GCU Learn virtual learning environment (and other online media) will be utilised to facilitate learning with strategies such as; reflective tasks and directed activities. Real-life scenarios will be used to enable students to apply and develop knowledge, skills and attributes in the varied contexts of physiotherapy practice. Constructivist theory will underpin the students' learning experience. CPD related activities will be used throughout and students will be actively encouraged to engage and add to their personal development portfolio.

Indicative Reading

Essential text: -360b7 Main, E. & Denehy, L. 2015, Cardiorespiratory physiotherapy: adults and paediatrics, Elsevier. b7 Gibson, V. & Waters, D. 2017, Respiratory care. 1st ed. CRC Press LLC. b7 Hough, A. 2017 Hough's Cardiorespiratory Care: an evidence-based, problem-solving approach. 5th edition. Elsevier. b7 Thow M (ed) (2006) Exercise Leadership in Cardiac Rehabilitation? An evidence based approach Wiley, London b7 Evans J. 2015 Cardiovascular System. 4th edition. Mosby Elsevier Key text: -360b7 Broad MA, Quint M, Thomas S and Twose P 2012. Cardiorespiratory Assessment of the Adult Patient Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh 1st Edition b7 Bott J, Blumenthal S, Buxton M, Ellum S, Falconer C, Garrod R, Harvey A, Hughes T, Lincoln M, Mikelsons C, Potter C, Pryor J, Rimmington L, Sinfield F, Thompson C, Vaughn P, White J. (2009). The Joint British Thoracic Society/ Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Respiratory Care Guidelines for the Physiotherapy Management of the Adult, Medical, Spontaneously Breathing Thorax: Vol 64, Supplement 1. b7 West, J.B., 2008. Respiratory physiology the essentials, 8th ed. Philadelphia: Lippincot Williams & Wilkins. -360b7 Cardiac Rehab SIGN GUIDELINES <> School of Health and Life Sciences: Department of Psychology and Allied Health Sciences 2012/13. Protocols for Practical Skills Procedures.

Transferrable Skills

Participation in this module will enable the student to develop the following transferable skills associated with SCQF level 8 study: Work in a self-directed manner, taking responsibility for own learning and continuing personal development and where appropriate practice competence Developing academic writing skills Developing critical reflection and reflective writing skills Digital capabilities: ICT skills; information literacy, data literacy, media literacy and digital research and scholarship to underpin effective learning. Demonstrating critical thinking (analytical and evaluative) and problem solving skills in a range of contexts Developing professional communication skills (written, oral and listening) Demonstrating the ability to work as an effective member of a team Developing administrative and time management skills Underpinning professional practice through the integration of theory with practice

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Practicals (FT) 52.00
Lectures (FT) 10.00
Independent Learning (FT) 108.00
Assessment (FT) 20.00
Tutorials (FT) 10.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (Dept) 02 0.75 70.00 35% Clinical VIVA with note writing. Learning outcomes 2-6
Exam (Dept) 01 1.00 30.00 35% Written Examination. Learning outcome 1