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Unit information: Stem Cells in Cardiac Systems in 2015/16

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Unit name Stem Cells in Cardiac Systems
Unit code CSSBM0001
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Professor. Madeddu
Open unit status Not open




School/department Bristol Medical School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences

Description including Unit Aims

The aim of this unit is to outline the role of stem cells in cardiac tissues. The module will describe a number of the main cardiac diseases/conditions. The role of stem cells as possible therapeutic options for such conditions: this will be discussed with particular focus on angiogenesis and repairing the ischemic heart.

This unit will describe:

  • Common cardiac conditions.
  • The potential role of stem cells in angiogenesis and replacing dead heart cells.
  • Methods for enhancing stem cell therapeutic activity in disease conditions.
  • To provide a firm grounding in the scientific and clinical basis of common heart diseases.
  • To explain the relevance of stem cells and regenerative medicine to cardiac medicine.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Students successfully completing this module will:

  • Be able to describe angiogenesis and its importance in the heart.
  • Be up to date with current stem cell and regenerative therapies that are likely to have applications to cardiovascular medicine.

Teaching Information

  • Web-based Audio Lectures and Seminars.
  • Web-based tutorials/practicals
  • Self-directed study
  • On-line discussion forums

Assessment Information

Summative Assessment:

  • Coursework (contributing a total of 60% to the module).
  • 5 sets of multiple choice questions (MCQ) of a simple format (e.g. select an answer from a short number of options, true/false) each contributing 5% to module giving a total of 25%.
  • 1x essay contributing 20% to module
  • 3x short answer question sets or extended MCQs each contributing 5% to module giving a total of 15%

Please note that students will be given formative feedback on all coursework assessment where appropriate.

  • Written Exams (contributing a total of 40% to the module and taken in Bristol)
  • Essay paper - contributing 27%
  • MCQ paper – contributing 13%

Contribution reflects time spent in each exam (2hrs essay, 1hr MCQ).

The pass-mark for the module will be 50%. However students will be required to reach a minimum standard in both their coursework and their written exam. As such only 5% compensation between the total coursework element and the total exam element will be allowed.

Reading and References

For each lecture, seminar, tutorial students will be given a reading list composed of journal and review articles, websites and book chapters. Due to the novelty of this field and the postgraduate nature of this programme we do not feel there are suitable textbooks to recommend for this module.