Physics and Respiratory Care

Course Details

Course Number: RESP 3423  Section Number: 101

Fall 2012

Location: Bridwell Hall

Classroom Number: 302/304

Days & Times:

Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday:  9:50 to 11:30

Course Attachments

Class Schedule  Physics Class Schedule 2012-20120904-140123.doc


MSU Faculty Member
Tammy Reitz Kurszewski M.Ed., RRT   
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Course Objectives



The focus of this lecture course is on application of basic principles of physics to the respiratory and cardiovascular systems.  Emphasis is placed on the physics of fluids and gases.  Topics include force, work, pressure, Bernoulli’s theorem, Venturi tubes, flow patterns, viscosity, gas laws, diffusion, surface tension, gas solubility, and the equation of motion applied to the respiratory system. 



  • Describe how substances undergo change of state.
  • Describe how water vapor capacity, absolute humidity and relative humidity are related.
  • Describe how to predict gas behavior under changing conditions.
  • Describe the principles that govern the flow of fluids.
  • Describe the difference between monitoring and analysis of gas exchange.
  • Apply concepts associated with monitoring and analysis to gas analysis in the clinical setting.
  • List the major categories of pulmonary function testing.
  • State the primary purpose of pulmonary function testing.
  • Describe the pathophysiologic patterns associated with obstructive and restrictive lung disease.
  • Describe the impact of exercise, altitude and high pressure as applied to the respiratory system.

Course Expectations




Lecture Examinations                                                     75%

Dialectical Journal/Supplemental Assignments       10%

Final Examination                                                             15%


Dialectical Journal:  Journal articles will be assigned throughout the semester that the student will be asked to review and provide feedback in the format of a dialectical journal.  A dialectical journal is a double-entry note taking system that helps one to read critically and encourages the habit of reflective questioning.


Supplemental Assignments:  Quizzes, homework assignments and projects will be assigned throughout the semester as needed to reinforce concepts introduced in the classroom.


Semester Examinations and the Final Examination:In-class tests that will consist of definitions, multiple choice, true/false, fill-in-the-blank, short answer, or essay type questions.



            90-100%                       A

            81-89%                         B

            75-80%                         C

            61-74%                         D

            <60                                 F

Submission Format PolicyNote: 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



            Each student should make every effort to ensure that all assignments are submitted in a timely fashion.  A 10% reduction will be taken for each day after the scheduled due date for the assignment.  If a student is going to miss an examination, it is the student’s responsibility to contact the instructor prior to the exam to arrange with the instructor to make up the missed exam.  A 5% reduction will be taken for each day after the scheduled exam date.  The professor reserves the right to make unscheduled exams essay in nature and considerably more challenging.

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, 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.  If a student misses a lecture, it is the student’s responsibility to work with other class members to determine what material was missed.  Please refer to the MSU Student Handbook for more information.

Other Policies




Midwestern State University (MSU) does not discriminate on the basis of an individual’s disability and complies with Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act in its admission, accessibility and employment of individuals in programs and activities.  MSU provide academic accommodations and auxiliary aids to individuals with disabilities, as defined by law, who are otherwise qualified to meet academic and employment requirements. For assistance call (940) 397-4618 or 397-4515.


Please see the instructor outside of class to make any arrangements involving special accommodations.  It is the student’s responsibility to declare any disabilities. After declaration, preferably at the beginning of each semester, the student needs to contact individual instructors to determine any reasonable accommodations that may be required.

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 English 1113 and English 1123 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.