This online course explores normal development and functioning of the respiratory system in health and disease.
You'll also consider how respiration disorders occur and the rational basis for treatment for these disorders.
The aim is to provide you with a sound understanding of the physiology and pathophysiology of the respiratory system.
This course is run by UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health.
You'll learn about lung and airway functioning, the control of respiration - at rest and during exercise - and the key factors involved in major respiratory diseases.
You'll also learn about the principles involved in maintaining adequate lung and airway functions when these are threatened by disease.
Topics most frequently covered in this module include:
- assessment of lung function
- respiratory failure and acid-base balance
- chemoreception, central respiratory neurones, neural control of the airways
- breathing during sleep
- control of breathing during exercise
- behavioural control of breathing
- pathogenesis of pulmonary diseases
- breathing during and after anaesthesia
- mechanical ventilation
- asthma and COPD - diagnosis and differential diagnosis, pathophysiology and clinical features
- respiratory problems in the newborn
Who this course is for
The course is suitable for qualified physiotherapists with a degree in physiotherapy at least equivalent to a lower second class Bachelor’s degree in
the UK, or an equivalent sports physiology or medical qualification.
It's also suitable for medical students.
Teaching, structure and assessment
The course is delivered entirely online. IT involves:
- self-directed online learning activities
- group discussion forums
- online tasks and exercises
You'll use Moodle, the UCL virtual learning platform, to communicate with tutors other learners and access learning resources and feedback.
You can take it as:
- a standalone short course for CPD purposes (with certificate of attendance)
- a 'taster module' earning UCL credits
Find out more about the difference between advanced physiotherapy short courses and taster modules.
The taster module will be assessed by an unseen two-hour written exam.
The fees are:
- £800 - short course
- £850 - taster module
This course will help you to:
- acquire a sound understanding of the development and the physiology and pathophysiology of the respiratory system and apply this to the development of early respiratory disorders
- explain how disorders of respiration occur and consider the rational basis for treatment of these disorders
- understand modern ideas on lung and airway functioning, and understand the control of respiration, at rest and during exercise and know the key factors involved in major respiratory diseases
- understand the principles involved in maintaining adequate lung and airway functions when these are threatened by disease
Dr Eleanor Main
Eleanor is Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy at UCL and Programme Director for the Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma and MSc in Physiotherapy. Her clinical career has been predominantly at the Red Cross Children's Hospital in Cape Town and Great Ormond Street Hospital in London. She's worked in research and research-led postgraduate physiotherapy education at the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health since 2001.
Sarah is a Senior Teaching Fellow in Physiotherapy at UCL. Prior to training as a physiotherapist she completed a Bachelor’s degree in Natural Sciences, specialising in physiology. She's also a specialist paediatric respiratory physiotherapist and has worked at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and the Royal Brompton Hospital in London and also at Temple Street Children’s University Hospital in Dublin. She has worked in at the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health since 2010.
Course information last modified: 22 Feb 2019, 12:07