Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology Syllabus for 2021-2022
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West Campus Allied Health 133

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RSPT-1307-001 Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology


Course Description

Anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular and pulmonary systems.

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(3 sem hrs; 3 lec)

Class Type

On Campus Course

Syllabus Information


Des Jardins, Cardiopulmonary Anatomy & Physiology.  Delmar, 7th Edition.
Kazmarek, et al., Egan’s Fundamentals of Respiratory Care.. Elsevier, 11th Edition or 12th Edition.


Come to class prepared to engage in discussion. Class notes and handouts are available on Blackboard. You may bring paper, pens, or pencils for taking additional notes.
A laptop with the most current edition of Respondus Lockdown Browser is required for online exams during class.  Please make sure you turn off your laptop the evening before the exam and reboot it in order to install any necessary updates before the exam.  Also, charge the battery of your laptop before the exam.

Student Performance


End-of-Course Outcomes: Explain normal pulmonary anatomy and physiology; explain normal cardiovascular anatomy and physiology.  


  1. Describe the normal anatomy of the head and upper airway.
  2. Describe the normal anatomy of the cardiovascular system, mediastinum, and lungs
  3. List and describe the functions of the muscles of respiration.
  4. Identify the lung volumes and subdivisions.
  5. Describe the compliance of the lungs as it relates to the mechanics of breathing.
  6. Describe the role that surface tensions plays with the expansion and deflation of the lung.
  7. Define airway resistance, discuss its role in ventilation and how different factors regulate airway resistance in the body.
  8. Describe deadspace in the lungs and its affect on alveolar ventilation.
  9. Describe the relationships of minute volumes, alveolar volumes, and deadspace volumes.
  10. Define pulmonary gas diffusion and discuss the physical and physiological factors that affect diffusion.



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Student Rights and Responsibilities

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If you are an active staff or faculty member according to Human Resources, use "Exchange". All other students, use "AC Connect (Google) Email".

Expected Student Behavior

  1. The student should read assignments prior to class and be prepared to discuss topics covered in class.
  2. In order to gain maximum benefit from reading the text, complete the Chapter Objective Questions at the beginning of the chapter.  If you understand these concepts, you will do well on the exams and in the course.
  3. Assigned homework is to be completed before class. Homework cannot be completed in class unless class time is given by the instructor.
  4. All students are responsible for their own work.  Cheating of any kind will not be tolerated and is punishable to the extent that AC allows. 
  5. All conversation should be related to the discussion at hand and comments should not be directed toward specific individuals.  Please refrain from private conversations or any other activities which might distract other learners. 
  6. I want all students to be successful.  I believe cell phones distract from the learning environment.  For this reason, they should be turned off and put away out of view upon entering the classroom.  If cell phone activity becomes a problem, the instructor reserves the right for students to place their phones in the basket and will be returned to the owner at the end of class.  If you must carry a phone to class for emergency purposes, please see me in advance.  If you bring a laptop or other technological device to class, it should not be used for activities other than taking class notes or testing purposes.

Grading Criteria

  1. Each examination will have a specific value of points awarded for correct answers.
  2. Additional assignments may also be given with a specified value or points.
  3. Short, unannounced quizzes may be given at the beginning of class from time to time.  The content of the quiz will be from the previous class.  There is no make up grade for a missed quiz. 
  4. At the end of the course, all possible points from examinations and other assignments will be totaled. This total will be the maximum possible points a student can earn.
  5. The number of points earned by a student will be divided by the maximum possible points for the course. The quotient will be expressed as a percent and converted to a final grade.
  6. The student must pass the syllabus quiz with 100% before taking the first section exam.

The grading scale for this course is:
A = 90 - 100
B = 80 - 89
C = 75 - 79
F = score less than 75.0

Your grade will be determined by the four exams worth 100 points each and the comprehensive final exam worth 150 points.

If a student is absent for a regularly scheduled examination, the student may take a makeup examination but the highest grade a student can earn is 75%. All material given in this course (both notes, assigned text reading,class discussion, and discussion posts) may be used for testing material during the major examinations.

Keep in mind that grades are not given.  Grades are EARNED based on student performance.  Often the instructor plays no role in the grading process other than recording.  Please be careful to note the requirements for earning the grade you desire and act accordingly throughout the semester. 

Students having an A average in the course after the 4 major exams (not including the assignments) will be exempt from taking the comprehensive final exam.


A student who plans to pass this course should also plan to regularly attend all lecture sessions.  Students chronically late for class or those with excessive absences may be at risk for passing this course.  Each student with a tardy/attendance problem will be addressed on an individual basis with the instructor.
I want you to be successful and your attendance is critical to your success.  In order to be fair, there is no distinction between an excused and an unexcused absence.


Four regular examinations will be required for this course.  (100 points each)

Final examination is comprehensive.  (150 points)

August 23, 25 - Syllabus, Functional Anatomy of the Bronchopulmonary System
August 30 - Functional Anatomy of the Bronchopulmonary System
September 1 - Functional Anatomy of the Bronchopulmonary System
September 6 - Labor Day, AC closed
September 8 - Functional Anatomy of the Bronchopulmonary System
September 13 - Functional Anatomy of the Bronchopulmonary System
September 15 - Exam 1
September 20, 22, 27, 29 - Anatomy of the Respiratory System
October 4, 6 - Anatomy of the Respiratory System
October 11 - Exam 2
October 13 -  Muscles of Respiration, Lung Volumes and Subdivisions
October 18-22 Fall Break, Amarillo College Closed
October 25, 27 - Muscles of Respiration, Lung Volumes and Subdivisions
November 1, 3 - Muscles of Respiration, Lung Volumes and Subdivisions
November 8 - Exam 3
November 10 - Compliance, Surface Tension and Airway Resistance
November 15, 17 - Compliance, Surface Tension and Airway Resistance
November 22, 24 - Compliance, Surface Tension and Airway Resistance
November 29 - Compliance, Surface Tension and Airway Resistance
December 1 - Compliance, Surface Tension and Airway Resistance
December 6 - Exam 4
December 8 - Review for Comprehensive Final Exam (if needed)
Final Exam -  December 13th at 12:45 pm

Please note this is only a tentative schedule.  It may be changed or adjusted at the instructor's discretion at any time. 

Additional Information


The instructor will meet with students who perform poorly on exams (75%), or at a student’s request.  During the meeting, both parties will develop a plan to gain a better understanding of the information covered on the exam.  Also, student’s earning <75% on an exam, will schedule an appointment with the West Campus Tutoring Center after obtaining a prescription from the instructor.  This prescription will cover items missed on the exam.  The WC Tutorial appointment must be completed before the student can take the next exam in the course.  Failure to complete remediation tutoring will result in a 0 (zero) for the next section exam. 

West Campus Tutoring Center Hours:  Monday – Thursday 10 am-6 pm; Friday 10 am-5 pm


A student, who develops a problem with a course policy or the course instructor, should first try to resolve the problem with the instructor of record, then the program director.  If the problem cannot be resolved at this level, the student should make an appointment to speak with the Associate Dean of Health Sciences Kim Boyd 354-6060, Dean of Health Sciences Kim Crowley 354-6087, Associate VP of Academic Services Becky Burton 371-5122, and VP of Academic Affairs Dr. Tamara Clunis 371-5226, in that order.


Campus police non-emergency 371-5163, and in the case of Emergency call 371-5911 or call 911 for city police and ambulance assistance.


Students wishing to withdraw from a class must consult with their instructor first.  Students may either communicate via email or meet face-to-face with their instructor to begin the withdrawal process.  If the instructor and student both agree that withdrawal is the appropriate course of action, the student will initiate the paperwork and obtain the instructor's signature.

Dropping courses before reaching the 60% point in the semester could result in the student needing to repay back financial aid funding.  To determine this date for your specific classes, log in to AC Connect, click the Self Service menu, click My Academic Profile, click My Important Course Section Dates.

Students will receive confirmation that their withdrawal request has been completed.  The Registrar's Office will process the withdrawal and notify both the student and the instructor via AC email.

If a student stops attending class and does not officially drop or withdraw from the course, a grade of "F" will be given for the course grade.  A grade of "W" will be given for student-initiated drops or withdrawals.  Texas law now mandates that students may only drop or withdraw 6 times in their entire college careers, excluding drops prior to the census date.
The last day to drop or withdraw is November 23, 2021.

NOTE:  Respiratory Care Program students that withdraw from this course will be delayed in completing the major components of the AAS degree in Respiratory Care. 
To continue in the program, a student may repeat an RSPT course only one time and may repeat no more than two RSPT courses while enrolled in the program.  The term "repeat" shall be interpreted to mean re-enrollment following withdrawal, drop, or unsatisfactory grade.


Should a student need to contact the instructor, preferred methods are by office phone (806)354-6058 or by Blackboard e-mail for that class.  I will check e-mail and respond during my posted office hours. 

Syllabus Created on:

08/22/21 10:13 PM

Last Edited on:

08/22/21 10:35 PM