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Unit information: Assisted Reproductive Technologies in 2021/22

Unit name Assisted Reproductive Technologies
Unit code MEDIM4004
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Dr. Gordon
Open unit status Not open




School/department Bristol Medical School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences

Description including Unit Aims

The unit will provide a comprehensive understanding of the tertiary level management of infertility. It will detail the clinical and laboratory aspects of assisted reproductive technologies, covering all relevant developments.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit the students will be able to:

  • Describe the clinical and laboratory techniques used in assisted reproduction treatments
  • Recognise the complications, regulatory requirements and role of adjuvant treatments
  • Critically analyse case studies, role of gamete donation and follow up of children born
  • Formulate appropriate treatment plan for tertiary level care of an infertile couple

Teaching Information

  • Lectures/Seminars
  • Synchronous discussion sessions
  • Self-directed study
  • Peer-to-peer learning (group work/presentations)
  • Asynchronous discussion forums

Assessment Information

Coursework (contributing a total of 60% to the Unit)

  • Essay (1 x 1500 words) 30%
  • Practical Log Book (1 x tasks)10%
  • Infographic assignment 20%

End of unit assessment (contributing a total of 40% to the Unit)

  • A timed, open book end of unit written assessment


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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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