UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health


Respiration Through Life, Health and Disease


5-week distance learning module commencing on 16 October 2017

The course is a self-directed, distance learning module. This means that there is no face-to-face contact and all communications are undertaken via Moodle and email. The aim of the module is to review the normal development and functioning of the respiratory system and consider how disorders of respiration occur and the rational basis for treatment for these disorders. It aims to provide a sound understanding of the physiology and pathophysiology of the respiratory system.

Learning outcomes:

On completion of the module, students should be able to:

  1. Explain normal development and functioning of the respiratory system and apply this to the development of early respiratory disorders
  2. Describe the pathophysiology of commonly occurring respiratory conditions
  3. Differentiate between the key factors involved in major respiratory diseases
  4. Interpret modern ideas on lung and airway functioning
  5. Analyse the control of respiration, at rest and during exercise
  6. Examine the principles involved in maintaining adequate lung and airway function when these are threatened by disease

Teaching methods:

The module will be delivered via a combination of self-directed on-line learning activities, group discussion forums and on-line tasks and exercises. Teaching will be facilitated by relevant experts in their field.

Moodle, the UCL virtual learning platform will be used to facilitate communication both between tutors and students, and between the students themselves, and also to provide learning resources and feedback.

The module is a core component of the postgraduate physiotherapy cardiorespiratory programme at UCL. It may be undertaken as an optional module by those on the neurophysiotherapy and paediatrics pathways following discussion with a UCL tutor.

Assessment: This module is assessed by a two hour written exam held on 19th December 2017. This exam normally requires attendance at UCL.
Module leader: Claire Fitzgerald