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Unit information: Introduction to Renal Sciences in 2021/22

Unit name Introduction to Renal Sciences
Unit code BRMSM0031
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Becky Foster
Open unit status Not open




School/department Bristol Medical School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences

Description including Unit Aims

This unit will be a combination of taught lectures, practical demonstrations and facilitated case-based tutorials to give co-ordinated, deep learning around renal sciences based on the intended leaning outcomes below.

Intended Learning Outcomes

i. To give an overview of the structure and function of the kidney

ii. To describe how renal function is measured clinically and how it can be influenced by disease

iii. To apply understanding of how renal function can be measured experimentally

iv. To integrate knowledge of renal function to understand how it can regulate body homeostasis

v. To apply understanding of how renal population health sciences can be used in clinical research.

vi. Appraise the current research advances in this area

Teaching Information

  • Lectures
  • Practical demonstrations
  • Facilitated case-based tutorials

Assessment Information

Coursework (contributing 50% to the total unit mark):

  • Information collected, presented and discussed during case-based tutorials (30%)
  • Oral presentation on a renal- related topic (20%)

Exams (contributing 50% to the total unit mark)

  • Journal publication critique (35%)
  • Short essay paper (15%)

Students must achieve a mark of at least 50% in both the coursework and the exam component to pass the Unit.


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.