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Unit information: Heart and Valve Disease in 2021/22

Unit name Heart and Valve Disease
Unit code SOCSM0005
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Professor. Saadeh Suleiman
Open unit status Not open
Pre-requisites

None

Co-requisites

None

School/department Bristol Medical School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences

Description including Unit Aims

This unit aims to deliver a comprehensive coverage of key topics related to adult cardiac and valve disease, including diagnosis of disorders and integration of pathophysiology with clinical management. Topics to be covered include: the clinical problem, patho-biology, genomics, epidemiology, patient assessment (from GP to clinic), (ECG, angiogram to imaging, Interventions and treatments, complications). Ongoing pre-clinical and translational research examples (including the use of stem cells, novel clinical pharmacology approaches, micro-RNAs and gene therapy) will be presented to illustrate the current understanding and progress of in this treatment of this clinical problem. The current pre-clinical models that can be utilized to assess the effectiveness of newly proposed approaches will be outlined.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Students successfully completing this module will be able to:

  • Describe the diseases of the heart and the valves commonly seen in adults.
  • Explain the causes, progression and management of adult non-ischaemic heart and valve disease.
  • Discuss the ongoing pre-clinical and translational research related to heart and valve disease.
  • Understand the impact of recent advances in technology in the treatment of heart and valve 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:

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

Resources

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If you are unable to access a list through Blackboard, you can also find it via the Resource Lists homepage. Search for the list by the unit name or code (e.g. SOCSM0005).

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.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

Assessment
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.

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