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Unit information: Paediatric Heart Disease in 2021/22

Unit name Paediatric Heart Disease
Unit code SOCSM0006
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Dr. Ghorbel
Open unit status Not open




School/department Bristol Medical School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences

Description including Unit Aims

This unit will introduce the clinical problem of paediatric congenital heart disease. It will provide an overview of the genomics and epidemiology of congenital heart disease and describe the pathology of congenital heart defects and their complications. The catheter and surgical interventions currently used to correct heart defects will be outlined, including possible post-intervention complications. Additionally, strategies used for heart protection (during and after corrective surgery) will be described. Finally, emerging stem cell approaches for graft tissue engineering will be discussed.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Students successfully completing this module will be able to:

  • Discuss the clinical problem of congenital paediatric heart disease.
  • Understand the genomics and epidemiology of congenital heart defects.
  • Provide an overview of the pathology of congenital heart defects and their resulting complications.
  • Have a good understanding of the clinical methods currently used to correct heart defects.
  • Recognize cardio-protection strategies and emerging stem cell approaches for graft tissue engineering.

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 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.
  • Lay and graphical abstracts of a unit relevant journal paper, contributing 12.5% to the unit.

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

Written exam (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 take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.