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Unit information: Stem Cells in Cardiac Systems in 2020/21

Unit name Stem Cells in Cardiac Systems
Unit code CSSBM0001
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Professor. Madeddu
Open unit status Not open
Pre-requisites

None

Co-requisites

None

School/department Bristol Medical School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences

Description

The aim of this unit is to outline the role of stem cells in cardiac tissues. The module will describe a number of the main cardiac diseases/conditions. The role of stem cells as possible therapeutic options for such conditions: this will be discussed with particular focus on angiogenesis and repairing the ischemic heart.

This unit will describe:

1. The development of the cardiovascular system


2. Scientific and clinical aspects of cardiovascular disease

3. The clinical relevance of cardiovascular regenerative medicine, including stem cell therapy, molecular therapy and tissue engineering

Intended learning outcomes

Students successfully completing this module will:

1. Be able to describe the prenatal development of the heart and vasculature

2. Be able to describe the reparative mechanisms occurring after an ischemic injury of the heart and peripheral tissues

3. Be able to describe regenerative medicine approaches that are likely to have application to cardiovascular medicine

Teaching details

  • Web-based Audio Lectures and Seminars.
  • Web-based tutorials/practicals
  • Self-directed study
  • On-line discussion forums

Assessment Details

Summative Assessment:

  • Coursework (contributing a total of 60% to the unit).
  • 5 sets of multiple choice questions (MCQ) of a simple format (e.g. select an answer from a short number of options, true/false) each contributing 5% to module giving a total of 25%.
  • 1x essay contributing 20% to unit
  • 3x short answer question sets or extended MCQs each contributing 5% to module giving a total of 15%

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

End of unit, timed open book exam contributing 40% to the Unit.

Reading and References

For each lecture, seminar, tutorial students will be given a reading list composed of journal and review articles, websites and book chapters. Due to the novelty of this field and the postgraduate nature of this programme we do not feel there are suitable textbooks to recommend for this module.

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