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Unit information: Coronary Artery Disease II in 2021/22

Unit name Coronary Artery Disease II
Unit code SOCSM0004
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Professor. George
Open unit status Not open




School/department Bristol Medical School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences

Description including Unit Aims

This unit will expand on Unit 3 and provide further information and detail with regards to coronary artery disease. The current surgical interventions used for coronary artery disease (CABG and stent implantation) will be described, as well as the pathobiology of the numerous clinical complications that frequently occur as a result of these procedures, including neointima formation, thrombosis, cardioplegia, kidney and neurological damage. This unit’s main aim is to highlight the need for improved interventional treatments for coronary artery disease and the consequent value that pre-clinical (animal and in-vitro) models have in assessing the effectiveness of new therapeutic approaches. Finally, emerging new approaches that have been evaluated at the pre-clinical level for the treatment of coronary artery disease, such as the use of stem cells, altered stent coatings, novel clinical pharmacology approaches, micro-RNAs and gene therapy will be discussed.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Students successfully completing this module will be able to:

  • Discuss the currently used clinical treatments (surgical interventions) for coronary artery disease.
  • Outline the clinical problem of complications after treatment of coronary artery disease with CABG, PTCA or stents
  • Understand the pathobiology of the complications that occur after surgical interventional treatment for coronary artery disease.
  • Recognize the various pre-clinical models that are utilized for the assessment of new and emerging therapeutic approaches for the treatment of coronary artery disease.

Teaching Information

  • Synchronous and asynchronous lectures; tutorials
  • Online discussion forum(s)
  • Self-directed study
  • Practical workshops which will take place in Bristol if possible or will be taught in an alternative online format

Assessment Information

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

  • 4 sets of multiple choice questions (MCQs) of a simple format (select the best answer from 4 or 5 options), contributing 10% to the unit.
  • 1 essay (1500 words), contributing 25% to the unit.
  • 1 short answer (750 words), contributing 12.5% to the unit.
  • Scientific abstract of a unit relevant paper, contributing 12.5% to the unit.

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

Written exams (contributing a total of 40% to the unit) consisting of:

  • Essay paper contributing 40% to 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 consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.