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    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.

    About this paper

    Paper title Sleep Medicine
    Subject Medical Technology
    EFTS 0.25
    Points 30 points
    Teaching period Full Year (Distance learning)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $3,103.25
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    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 apnea, narcolepsy and sleep phase delay
    • Have an understanding of human circadian rhythms
    • Understand and discuss the principles of positive airway pressure treatment devices


    Full Year

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