This course introduces instrumentation and electrical principles and practices that the
polysomnographer must understand. While electrical safety and ancillary equipment encountered in
sleep laboratories are covered, the student will also cover the internal workings and calibration
of the polygraph. Amplifiers and filters will be emphasized along with basic tracings and some of
the artifacts that may appear and influence one’s interpretation of the sleep study. Also, the
international “10-20” system of electrode placement will be introduced.
After completing this course, students will be able to:
- Outline the fundamental principles of electricity and describe the hazards, features, and
protocols of electrical safety.
- Describe bioelectrical potentials, polygraphs, calibration, electrode placement, signal
derivation, and EEG tracing.
- Describe the structure and function of ancillary equipment and how it is used to monitor and
Module A: The Role of the Sleep Technologist
Module B: Electricity and Electrical Safety
Module C: Instrumentation
Module D: Ancillary Equipment
Required text and materials
The following text would have been purchased in POLY 3011. If students did not take POLY 3011
and/or don't already own the required textbook, please be aware that students will need to
purchase it. To do so, please contact Enrolment Services at email@example.com or 1.800.663.9711 (toll-free in Canada), 250.852.7000
(Kamloops, BC), and 1.250.852.7000 (International).
- Mattice, C., Brooks, R., Lee-Chiong, T. (Eds.) (2020). Fundamentals of sleep
technology (3rd ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer Health.
Type: Textbook: ISBN:
To successfully complete this course, students must obtain at least 50% or higher on the final
mandatory exam and 50% on the overall course.
Students applying this course towards any TRU Health Care program may be required to obtain a
minimum 60% on the course overall to meet program requirements.
|Midterm #1 – Module A and B
|Midterm #2 – Modules A, B and C
|Final Exam (mandatory) - Modules A, B, C and D
Open Learning Faculty Member
An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Primary communication is
through Blackboard's "Mail" tool or by phone. You will receive the necessary contact information
when you start your course.