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Unit information: Anatomy and physiology of organs affected by CPB in 2021/22

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Unit name Anatomy and physiology of organs affected by CPB
Unit code SOCSM0020
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Becky Foster
Open unit status Not open




School/department Bristol Medical School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences

Description including Unit Aims

This unit aims to introduce theoretical aspects of anatomy and physiology that are highly relevant to Perfusion Science. The following human organs and systems will be outlined brain, heart, circulation, blood, lung, kidney, liver and gut. This unit will provide a comprehensive background on anatomy and physiology in the context of Perfusion Science.

A full knowledge of the normal function of the systems and organs of the body is an essential part of understanding the basis of the presentations of the diseases that affect them and is a basic requirement for all who are involved in medical or biological studies. This unit aims to examine the physiological functions of the major systems in the body relevant to Perfusion Science.

Intended Learning Outcomes

  • Have an in-depth knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the brain, heart, circulation, blood, lungs, kidney, liver and gut.
  • To show knowledge of the main diseases that affect each system and the clinical signs and symptoms associated with them.
  • Demonstrate a full knowledge and understanding of the cellular composition of blood, including cell types, size and function.
  • Critically evaluate the hazards of transfusion and their application to clinical practice. Discuss in detail blood groups and their antibodies and evaluate the cross-matching procedures required for transfusion.
  • Discuss in depth the mechanisms of haemostasis and critically evaluate methods of manipulating the haemostatic process during perfusion and of reducing blood loss during cardiovascular surgery.

Teaching Information

  • Synchronous and asynchronous lectures; tutorials; hands-on practicals.
  • Online discussion forum(s)
  • Self-directed study

Assessment Information

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

  • 5 sets of on-line multiple choice questions (MCQs) (select the best answer from 4 or 5 options), contributing 10% to the unit.
  • Essay (1500 words), contributing 25% to the unit.
  • Short answer (750 words), contributing 15% to the unit.
  • Presentation on a unit-related topic, contributing 10% to the unit.

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

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

  • Essay paper

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.


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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.