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MTEC705 Sleep Medicine

An understanding of normal sleep and factors that alter sleep and wakefulness, and pathophysiological sleep disorders.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Technology (PGDipMedTech) endorsed in Sleep Medicine is an extension of the Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Technology (PGCertMedTech) for those working as physiologists in sleep medicine.

Paper title Sleep Medicine
Paper code MTEC705
Subject Medical Technology
EFTS 0.25
Points 30 points
Teaching period Full Year (Distance learning)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,018.75
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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MTEX 705
Limited to
For those currently working as a sleep physiologist.

Teaching staff

Convenor: Associate Professor Peter Larsen

Lecturer: Associate Professor Angela Campbell

Paper Structure

Sleep medicine is the first paper in this course. It will provide an understanding of the principles underlying the measurement of sleep and sleep related disorders and appropriate therapeutic interventions.

Teaching Arrangements

This Distance Taught Learning paper is a combination of remote and in-person teaching.

This paper has a compulsory 2-day residential course held at the Wellington campus.

There are no required textbooks for this paper.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • Discuss the basic neurology of sleep
  • Discuss the physiology and pathophysiology of the respiratory system, cardiovascular system and neurological system as they relate to sleep
  • Discuss the pathophysiology of specific sleep disorders, including sleep apnoea, narcolepsy and sleep phase delay
  • Have an understanding of human circadian rhythms
  • Understand and discuss the principles of positive airway pressure treatment devices

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Full Year

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system