Introductory Sleep Science (SLEE5001)


Aims: To become conversant with terminology and basic concepts within the field of sleep medicine and sleep science. Content: Sleep as an Active Process: In contradistinction to common perception, sleep does not involve so much the switching off of neural systems, but the activation of certain areas within the brain, situated in structures such as the medulla, thalamus and basal forebrain. This module introduces basic neural anatomy and physiology necessary for the understanding of the process of sleep. Basic Respiratory Physiology: Understanding mechanisms underlying the maintenance of adequate gas exchange is essential to the study of sleep science and medicine. This module is a short introductory review of respiratory physiology as it relates to sleep medicine.

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~3.5 hours online lectures over 1 semester plus directed reading and independent study


1xonline quiz (50%), 1xexam (50%)

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