Syllabus for PSG-101



Theoretical Fundamentals of Polysomnography provides students an overview and history of the field of sleep disorders medicine and the role of the polysomnographic (PSG) technologist. The course covers the fundamental concepts of the PSG discipline: roles, ethics, and professional behavior of the PSG technologist; basic sleep physiology and cardiopulmonary physiology; basic concepts of PSG recording and testing preparation; and basic therapeutic interventions for sleep-related breathing disorders and other sleep disorders.


After completing this course, you should be able to:

  1. Articulate the history and scope of practice of sleep medicine and PSG technology.
  2. Identify normal sleep patterns and patterns observed in common sleep disorders.
  3. Discuss diagnostic and treatment modalities used for specific sleep disorders.
  4. Describe the role of the PSG technologist and the legal, ethical, and professional principles of patient care.
  5. Describe the anatomy and physiology of sleep and breathing systems and the classification of human sleep stages.
  6. Describe the anatomy and physiology of the cardiac system, the elements of the electrocardiogram, and common cardiac patterns and arrhythmias seen during sleep.
  7. Assess the patient and clinical information provided to determine completeness and appropriateness prior to testing, assure patient safety, and provide appropriate patient education.
  8. Prepare the patient and equipment for PSG recording.
  9. Explain the principles of common treatment modalities for sleep-related breathing disorders.


You will need the following textbook to do the work of the course. The required textbook is available from the College's textbook supplier, MBS Direct.

  1. Mattice, C., Brooks, R., & Lee-Chiong, T. (Eds). (2012). Fundamentals of sleep technology (2nd ed.). Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.

    ISBN-13: 978-1-4511-3203-8


Theoretical Fundamentals of Polysomnography is a three-credit online course, consisting of seven (7) modules. Modules comprise a list of topics, learning objectives, study materials (including lecture notes, reading assignments, and supplemental Flash/PowerPoint presentations and other resources), an online discussion, a written assignment, and a module-ending quiz. Module titles are listed below.

  1. Module 1: History and Overview of Sleep Medicine
    Course objectives covered in this module: 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 9

  1. Module 2: Ethics, Roles, and Professional Behavior of the PSG Technologist
    Course objective covered in this module: 4

  1. Module 3: Anatomy and Physiology of Sleep and Respiration
    Course objective covered in this module: 5

  1. Module 4: Anatomy and Physiology of the Cardiac System
    Course objective covered in this module: 6

  1. Module 5: Patient Evaluation and Education
    Course objectives covered in this module: 3, 6, 7

  1. Module 6: Equipment and Patient Preparation Procedures
    Course objectives covered in this module: 7, 8

  1. Module 7: Therapeutic Interventions for Sleep-Related Breathing Disorders
    Course objectives covered in this module: 9


For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in seven (7) module discussions, complete seven (7) written assignments, take seven (7) online module quizzes and an online final exam. See below for more details.

Consult the course Calendar for due dates.

Discussion Forums

The course requires you to participate in seven (7) graded discussion forums. There is also an ungraded but required Introductions Forum in Module 1.

Communication and collaboration among fellow students and with the mentor is a critical component of online learning. Participation in online discussions involves two distinct assignments: an initial response to a discussion question and subsequent comments on classmates' responses. Meaningful participation is relevant to the content, adds value, and advances the discussion. Comments such as "I agree" and "ditto" are not considered value-adding participation. Therefore, when you agree or disagree with a classmate, the reading, or your mentor, state and support your agreement or disagreement. You will be evaluated on the quality and quantity of your participation, including your use of relevant course information and your awareness of and responses to the postings of your classmates. Remember, these are discussions. Responses and comments should be properly proofread and edited, professional, and respectful.

For posting guidelines and help with discussion forums, please see the Student Handbook located within the General Information page of the course Web site.

Written Assignments

The seven (7) written assignments consist of a series of six short papers (200–300 words) leading to and culminating in a cumulative final project in Module 7.

Written Assignments 1–6 each focus on a particular aspect of a sleep disorder you choose to research (e.g., describing the symptoms; diagnosing the disorder; discussing appropriate therapies; determining the sleep, respiratory, or cardiac functions affected; developing a patient education plan; and summarizing the results of treatment). Then, in Written Assignment 7, you compile the information gathered in the previous module assignments to develop a project paper on your chosen sleep disorder. In this final project, you are to present your material in a clear, concise, and organized manner. Use a cover page and references in APA format.

Prepare your written assignments using whatever word processing program you have on your computer. Include your name at the top of the paper, as well as the course name and code and the semester and year in which you are enrolled.

Before submitting your first assignment, check with your mentor to determine whether your word processing software is compatible with your mentor's software. If so, you can submit your work as you prepared it. If not, save your assignment as a rich-text (.rtf) file, using the Save As command of your software program. Rich text retains basic formatting and can be read by any other word processing program.

For help regarding preparing and submitting assignments, see the Student Handbook located within the General Information page of the course Web site.

Module Quizzes

At the conclusion of each module, following the written assignment, is an online module quiz. The module quiz consists of from 10 to 25 multiple-choice questions based on the module's lecture and assigned reading.

Depending on the number of questions on each quiz, you will have from 20 to 35 minutes in which to complete the online quiz. Please set aside sufficient time to complete the quiz before starting it. Consult the course Calendar for quiz deadlines.

Final Examination

Theoretical Fundamentals of Polysomnography requires you to take a final examination during the last week of the semester.

The final examination is proctored and taken online using the College's Online Proctor Service (OPS). Please refer to the "Examinations and Proctors" section of the Online Student Handbook (see General Information area of the course Web site) for further information about scheduling and taking online exams and for all exam policies and procedures. You are strongly advised to schedule your exam within the first week of the semester.

The final is a closed-book, comprehensive exam. It is one (1) hour long and includes fifty (50) multiple-choice questions based on study assignment lectures and the assigned reading.

The exam is administered through the course Web site. Consult the course Calendar for the official dates of final exam week.

Statement about Cheating

You are on your honor not to cheat during the exam. Cheating means:

  1. Looking up any answer or part of an answer in an unauthorized textbook or on the Internet, or using any other source to find the answer.
  2. Copying and pasting or in any way copying responses or parts of responses from any other source into your online test. This includes but is not limited to copying and pasting from other documents or spreadsheets, whether written by yourself or anyone else.
  3. Plagiarizing answers.
  4. Asking anyone else to assist you by whatever means available while you take the exam.
  5. Copying any part of the exam to share with other students.
  6. Telling your mentor that you need another attempt at the exam because your connection to the Internet was interrupted when that is not true.

If there is evidence that you have cheated or plagiarized in your exam, the exam will be declared invalid, and you will fail the course.


Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:

  1. Discussion Forums (7)—21%
  1. Written Assignments 1–6—21%
  2. Written Assignment 7 (Final Project)—8%
  3. Module Quizzes—30%
  4. Final examination—20%

All activities will receive a numerical grade of 0–100. You will receive a score of 0 for any work not submitted. Your final grade in the course will be a letter grade. Letter grade equivalents for numerical grades are as follows:






























Below 60

To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C or better (for an area of study course) or D or better (for a nonarea of study course), based on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., exams, assignments, discussion postings, etc.).


First Steps to Success

To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:

  1. Read carefully the entire Syllabus, making sure that all aspects of the course are clear to you and that you have all the materials required for the course.

  1. Take the time to read the entire Online Student Handbook. The Handbook answers many questions about how to proceed through the course, how to schedule exams, and how to get the most from your educational experience at Thomas Edison State College.

  1. Arrange to take your examination(s) by following the instructions in this Syllabus and the Online Student Handbook.

  1. Familiarize yourself with the learning management systems environment—how to navigate it and what the various course areas contain. If you know what to expect as you navigate the course, you can better pace yourself and complete the work on time.

  1. If you are not familiar with Web-based learning be sure to review the processes for posting responses online and submitting assignments before class begins.

Study Tips

Consider the following study tips for success:

  1. To stay on track throughout the course, begin each week by consulting the course Calendar. The Calendar provides an overview of the course and indicates due dates for submitting assignments, posting discussions, and scheduling and taking examinations.

  1. Check Announcements regularly for new course information.


Students at Thomas Edison State College are expected to exhibit the highest level of academic citizenship. In particular, students are expected to read and follow all policies, procedures, and program information guidelines contained in publications; pursue their learning goals with honesty and integrity; demonstrate that they are progressing satisfactorily and in a timely fashion by meeting course deadlines and following outlined procedures; observe a code of mutual respect in dealing with mentors, staff, and other students; behave in a manner consistent with the standards and codes of the profession in which they are practicing; keep official records updated regarding changes in name, address, telephone number, or e-mail address; and meet financial obligations in a timely manner. Students not practicing good academic citizenship may be subject to disciplinary action including suspension, dismissal, or financial holds on records.

Academic Dishonesty

Thomas Edison State College expects all of its students to approach their education with academic integrity—the pursuit of scholarly activity free from fraud and deception. All mentors and administrative staff members at the College insist on strict standards of academic honesty in all courses. Academic dishonesty undermines this objective. Academic dishonesty takes the following forms:

  1. Cheating
  2. Plagiarizing (including copying and pasting from the Internet without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources)
  3. Fabricating information or citations
  4. Facilitating acts of dishonesty by others
  5. Unauthorized access to examinations or the use of unauthorized materials during exam administration
  6. Submitting the work of another person or work previously used without informing the mentor
  7. Tampering with the academic work of other students

Academic dishonesty will result in disciplinary action and possible dismissal from the College. Students who submit papers that are found to be plagiarized will receive an F on the plagiarized assignment, may receive a grade of F for the course, and may face dismissal from the College.

A student who is charged with academic dishonesty will be given oral or written notice of the charge. If a mentor or College official believes the infraction is serious enough to warrant referral of the case to the academic dean, or if the mentor awards a final grade of F in the course because of the infraction, the student and the mentor will be afforded formal due process.

If a student is found cheating or using unauthorized materials on an examination, he or she will automatically receive a grade of F on that examination. Students who believe they have been falsely accused of academic dishonesty should seek redress through informal discussions with the mentor, through the office of the dean, or through an executive officer of Thomas Edison State College.


Using someone else's work as your own is plagiarism. Although it may seem like simple dishonesty, plagiarism is against the law. Thomas Edison State College takes a strong stance against plagiarism, and students found to be plagiarizing will be severely penalized. If you copy phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or whole documents word-for-word—or if you paraphrase by changing a word here and there—without identifying the author, then you are plagiarizing. Please keep in mind that this type of identification applies to Internet sources as well as to print-based sources. Copying and pasting from the Internet, without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources, constitutes plagiarism. (For information about how to cite Internet sources, see Online Student Handbook > Academic Standards > "Citing Sources.")

Accidentally copying the words and ideas of another writer does not excuse the charge of plagiarism. It is easy to jot down notes and ideas from many sources and then write your own paper without knowing which words are your own and which are someone else's. It is more difficult to keep track of each and every source. However, the conscientious writer who wishes to avoid plagiarizing never fails to keep careful track of sources.

Always be aware that if you write without acknowledging the sources of your ideas, you run the risk of being charged with plagiarism.

Clearly, plagiarism, no matter the degree of intent to deceive, defeats the purpose of education. If you plagiarize deliberately, you are not educating yourself, and you are wasting your time on courses meant to improve your skills. If you plagiarize through carelessness, you are deceiving yourself.

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