POLY 3011
Sleep and Sleep Disorders

3.0 Credits


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.

Delivery Method



A Health professional diploma is strongly recommended.


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 Outline

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

Maximum Completion

30 weeks.

Required Text and Materials

  1. Mattice, C., Brooks, R., Lee-Chiong, T. (Eds. in Chief). Fundamentals of Sleep Technology. 2nd Ed. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2012.
    Type: Textbook, ISBN: 978-1-4511-3203-8 / 1-4511-3203-4
  1. American Academy of Sleep Medicine. The International Classification of Sleep Disorders. 3rd Edition. 2510 North Frontage Road, Darien, IL: 60561 U.S.A., 2014.
    Type: Textbook, ISBN: 978-0-9915434-1-0

Additional Requirements

Computer with Internet is required.

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Primary communication is through Blackboards "Mail" tool or by phone. You will receive the necessary contact information when you start your course.


There are two midterm examinations and one final examination in POLY 3011, Polysomnography Sleep and Sleep Disorders. In order to successfully complete this course, students must obtain at least 50% on the final mandatory examination and 50% overall.

Your mandatory final assessment will be determined on the following basis:

Midterm 1 20%
Midterm 2 30%
Final Exam * 50%

NOTE: 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.

* Mandatory