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POLY 3011: Sleep and Sleep Disorders

This course is designed to introduce students pursuing careers in sleep medicine and polysomnography to the structure and function of the allied health profession of polysomnographer. POLY 3011 also serves as an adjunct to other health professionals, such as respiratory therapists and registered nurses, who would like to have a better understanding of sleep and sleep disorders.

Learning outcomes

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Define sleep and outline the historical development of polysomnography and the clinical assessment of sleepiness.
  • Describe the physiology of the normal sleep cycle, breathing control during sleep, and the anatomy and physiology of the respiratory and neurological systems.
  • Define and classify various sleep disorders.
  • Describe how some common drugs affect sleep and how they are used to treat various sleep disorders.
  • Describe the different symptoms, pathophysiology, clinical evaluation, and treatment of sleep disordered breathing.

Course topics

  • Module A: Introduction to Sleep
  • Module B: Sleep Disorders
  • Module C: Pharmacology
  • Module D: Sleep Disordered Breathing

Required text and materials

Students will receive the following:

  1. Mattice, C., Brooks, R., Lee-Chiong, T. (Eds.) (2020). Fundamentals of Sleep Technology (3rd ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer Health. Type: Textbook: ISBN: 978-1-9751-1162-5
  2. Sateria, M. (Task Force Chair) (2014). The international classification of sleep disorders (3rd ed.). Darien, IL: American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Type: Textbook: ISBN: 978-0-9915434-1-0

Additional requirements

Computer with Internet is required.


Please be aware that should your course have a final exam, you are responsible for the fee to the online proctoring service, ProctorU, or to the in-person approved Testing Centre. Please contact with any questions about this.

There are two midterm examinations and one final mandatory examination in POLY 3011, Polysomnography Sleep and Sleep Disorders.

To successfully complete this course, students must achieve a passing grade of 50% or higher on the overall course, and 50% or higher on the final mandatory exam.

Students applying this course towards a TRU Health Care program may be required to obtain a minimum 60% on the course overall to meet program requirements.

Midterm 1 : Modules A and B 20%
Midterm 2 : Modules C and D 30%
Final Exam : Modules A, B, C, and D (mandatory) 50%

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.

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