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Unit information: Infertility- Diagnosis & Management in 2021/22

Unit name Infertility- Diagnosis & Management
Unit code SOCSM0009
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

This unit covers the causes, prevalence and investigations of infertility. This unit will provide the students with a comprehensive understanding of the primary and secondary levels of infertility diagnosis and management. It will outline the clinical and laboratory techniques that are utilised in the diagnosis of infertility. This knowledge will enable students to interpret and apply these techniques at primary and secondary level of management and treatment of fertility.

The four main aims of the unit are:

  • It will provide a comprehensive coverage of the primary and secondary level of management of couples with difficulty in conceiving.
  • It will provide detailed coverage of various pathologies associated with infertility in both male as well as female partners.
  • It will provide detailed coverage of the diagnostic tests as well as management options available for each of the pathologies.
  • It will explore, through a number of practical case studies and scenarios, the difficulties as well as dilemmas faced in day to day infertility practice.

Intended Learning Outcomes

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

  • describe the investigation pathways of couples suffering from infertility.
  • identify the common pathologies associated with infertility like anovulation, endometriosis, tubal problems, unexplained and male infertility.
  • recognise the contribution of related disciplines such as cytogenetics, ultrasound and counseling in infertility.
  • evaluate the routine laboratory techniques and clinical procedures used to investigate cases of infertility.
  • formulate a treatment pathway including the investigations and likely management in a case of infertility.

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 task) 10%

Peer assessed problem-based case studies seminar contributing 20% to Unit.

  • 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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