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Foothill College Course Outline of Record

Foothill College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Units: 2
Hours: 2 lecture per week (24 total per quarter)
Prerequisite: BIOL 40A, 40B and 40C; medical terminology course of 2 semester units or greater.
Degree & Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: CSU
Grade Type: Letter Grade Only
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

Student Learning Outcomes

  • State the structure of the upper and lower airways.
  • Describe the alveolar capillary membrane and gas diffusion.


Anatomy of the respiratory system, ventilation, diffusion of pulmonary gases, circulatory system, and oxygen transport. Intended for students in the Respiratory Therapy Program; enrollment is limited to students accepted in the program.

Course Objectives

The student will be able to:
A. state the structure of the upper airways.
B. state the structure of the lower airways.
C. name and locate the bronchopulmonary segments.
D. describe the mucus blanket.
E. relate the action of the respiratory muscles to rib, thoracic movement and pleural pressures.
F. describe the alveolar capillary membrane and gas diffusion.
G. graph lung volumes and capacities.
H. diagram the pulmonary, systemic, and bronchial circulation.
I. locate and name the large arteries and veins in the adult.

Course Content

A. Upper airways.
1. oropharynx
2. nasopharynx
3. larynx
B. Lower airways.
1. trachea
2. mainstem bronchi
3. segmental bronchi
4. terminal bronchioles
5. respiratory bronchioles
6. acini and alveoli
C. Bronchopulmonary segments.
1. right lung segments
2. left lung segments
D. Mucus blanket.
1. sol layer layer
2. gel layer
3. epithelium
4. goblet cells and mucus glands
E. Action of the respiratory muscles in relation to rib, thoracic movement and pleural pressures.
1. during inspiration
2. during expiration
3. at rest
F. Alveolar capillary membrane and gas diffusion.
1. type 1 cells
2. type 2 cells
G. Lung volumes and capacities.
1. four volumes
2. four capacities
H. Pulmonary, systemic, and bronchial circulation.
1. pulmonary
2. systemic
3. bronchial
I. Large arteries and veins.
1. arteries
2. veins

Lab Content

Not applicable.

Special Facilities and/or Equipment

A. Anatomical models
B. Multimedia classroom

Method(s) of Evaluation

A. written quizzes
B. midterm
C. final examination

Method(s) of Instruction


Representative Text(s) and Other Materials

Beachey, W. Respiratory Care Anatomy and Physiology: Foundations for Clinical Practice. 3rd ed. Philadelphia: Elsevier, 2012. ISBN: 978-0323078665

Kacmarek, Stoller, and Heur. Egan's Fundamentals of Respiratory Care. 10th ed. St. Louis: Mosby Year Book, Inc., 2012. Book and Workbook. ISBN: 978-0323081924


Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing, and Outside of Class Assignments

Assigned reading from textbook, approximately one chapter/week.



Respiratory Technologies