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Unit information: Aneurysm, Peripheral Vein Disease & Stroke in 2015/16

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Unit name Aneurysm, Peripheral Vein Disease & Stroke
Unit code SOCSM0007
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Professor. Smith
Open unit status Not open




School/department Bristol Medical School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences


This unit will introduce students to both clinical and translational aspects of peripheral vascular disease (PVD), aneurysms, and stroke. Students will gain an understanding of clinical aspects of these disease processes, including an appreciation of patient screening principles, patient assessment and relevant clinical investigations and diagnostic strategies while an overview of the pathobiology of PVD, aneurysms and stroke will be given. Moreover, the genomics, epidemiology, clinical presentation and complications of PVD, aneurysms and stroke will be described. The roles of different medical treatments will be outlined and an overview of medical management and therapeutic (radiological and surgical) interventions will be given. Finally, relevant key clinical trials and pre-clinical models and the rationale for their use will be discussed aiming to give the students an insight into areas of development of translational research and emerging therapeutic strategies and technologies (including the use of stem cells, novel clinical pharmacology approaches, micro-RNAs and gene therapy).

Intended learning outcomes

Students successfully completing this module will be able to:

  • Discuss the presentation, investigation & management of peripheral vein disease (PVD), aortic aneurysms and stroke.
  • Understand the vascular biological aspects and the epidemiology of PVD, aortic aneurysms and stroke.
  • Recognize current translational research strategies relating to PVD, aortic aneurysms and stroke.

Teaching details

  • Web-based lectures, tutorials and practical demonstrations (in powerpoint-with-audio format)
  • Online discussion forum(s)
  • Self-directed study
  • Hands-on practical workshops held in Bristol.

Assessment Details

1. Coursework (contributing a total of 60% to the unit) consisting of:

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

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

2. Written exam (contributing a total of 40% to the unit and taken in Bristol) consisting of:

  • 1 essay contributing 20% to the unit.
  • 1 sets of MCQs contributing 20% to the unit.

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

Reading and References

Relevant selected recent articles and chapters from (among others) the following publication: Comprehensive Vascular and Endovascular Surgery. 2nd Edition. Eds Hallett JW, Mills JL, Earnshaw JJ and Reekers JA. Mosby (Elsevier) 2009.