Syllabus for PSG-295



The Polysomnography Capstone (PSG-295) prepares and develops students’ skills for a career as a polysomnographic technologist. The course teaches techniques to implement various concepts in the related technological field and to expand one’s understanding of the field by providing evidence of written communication skills that are necessary for clinical practice in the professional healthcare setting. The course is designed to provide knowledge in the area of identification, in-depth analysis and synthesis of current technology, and application of knowledge to the clinical domain.

The course is designed to synthesize and expand on concepts and techniques already learned in the Polysomnography (PSG) program and to include the most current advances in the field.



After completing this course, you should be able to:

CO1        Articulate the role of the polysomnographic technologist.

CO2        Describe the technologies used in polysomnographic procedures.

CO3        Summarize the identification and treatment of patients with sleep-wake disorders.

CO4        Discuss the socioeconomic and healthcare environmental impacts on patient evaluation and treatment.

CO5        Describe the influence of the technologist’s interaction on patients’ adherence to treatment.


You will need the following materials to do the work of the course.

Required Textbook


Polysomnography Capstone (PSG-295) is a three-credit, online course consisting of six modules, a PSG capstone examination, and a final project. Modules include an overview, topics, learning objectives, study materials, and activities. Module titles are listed below.


For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online discussion forums, complete a final project, and take a final capstone examination. See below for details.

Consult the Course Calendar for due dates.

Discussion Forums

This course requires you to participate in 12 graded discussion forums. There is also an ungraded but required Introductions Forum in Module 1. You can find the online discussion grading rubric in the Evaluation Rubrics folder in the course website.

For posting guidelines and additional help with discussion board assignments, please see the Student Handbook located within the General Information section of the course website.

PSG Capstone Examination

PSG Capstone Examination

You are required to take a closed-book, unproctored online capstone examination. The capstone examination serves as a comprehensive survey and evaluation of the clinical, technical, and procedural aspects of training in polysomnography, and not as a pass/fail exit for successfully completing this course. You will receive 19% of your final grade simply for taking the exam, and the results will be used for curriculum improvement, not for grading purposes.

The capstone exam encompasses all topics and objectives covered in PSG-101, PSG-102, PSG-103 (Modules 6–10), PSG-104 (Modules 7–10), PSG-105, and PSG-200. It is two hours long and consists of 125 multiple-choice questions.

The PSG capstone examination serves as a practice test for students, prior to taking their certification examination in polysomnography. It serves to assess learning outcomes for the courses in the program and to see how students’ scores compare to actual registry examination scores.

The PSG capstone examination may be taken at any time during the course, depending on the student’s assessment of his or her readiness. However, the capstone exam must be completed no later than the last week of the course.

Statement about Cheating

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

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.

Final Project

The final project provides the student an opportunity to demonstrate what he or she has learned in this course by completing either a Research Paper (Option 1) or Case Studies (Option 2). With either option, the student will provide the subject matter. Both options require APA formatting for all submissions.


Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:

Note: The breakout of grading by “Submission” applies to either option selected for the final project.

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 course not in your area of study), based on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., exams, assignments, discussion postings).


First Steps to Success

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

Study Tips

Consider the following study tips for success:


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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, or without identifying it as a direct quote, 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.)

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

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Examples of Unintentional Plagiarism

When to Quote and When to Paraphrase

Writing Assistance at Smarthinking

Originality Report Checking at Turnitin

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Acts of both intentional and unintentional plagiarism violate the Academic Code of Conduct.

If an incident of plagiarism is an isolated minor oversight or an obvious result of ignorance of proper citation requirements, the mentor may handle the matter as a learning exercise. Appropriate consequences may include the completion of tutorials, assignment rewrites, or any other reasonable learning tool in addition to a lower grade for the assignment or course. The mentor will notify the student and appropriate dean of the consequence by e-mail.

If the plagiarism appears intentional and/or is more than an isolated incident, the mentor will refer the matter to the appropriate dean, who will gather information about the violation(s) from the mentor and student, as necessary. The dean will review the matter and notify the student in writing of the specifics of the charge and the sanction to be imposed.

Possible sanctions include:

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