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Unit information: Human Development and Pregnancy in 2020/21

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Unit name Human Development and Pregnancy
Unit code MEDIM0012
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Dr. Christy Burden
Open unit status Not open
Pre-requisites

None

Co-requisites

None

School/department Bristol Medical School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences

Description

Unit aims:

  • To provide a comprehensive understanding of human fetal and newborn development and growth and the factors that influence normal and abnormal development of key body systems.
  • To describe and demonstrate monitoring and screening methods of fetal abnormalities and the management of pregnancies with fetal abnormalities.
  • To explore the course of normal pregnancy and birth and to describe the common complications associated with these processes.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  • explain the process of human fetal and newborn development and growth.
  • describe factors that influence normal and abnormal human fetal and newborn development and growth.
  • identify the routine clinical techniques employed for the measurement of fetal growth and for the identification of common malformations.
  • describe the course of normal pregnancy and birth, and the common complications associated with these processes.

Teaching details

Lectures/Seminars Synchronous discussion sessions Self-directed study Peer-to-peer learning (group work/presentations) Asynchronous discussion forums

Assessment Details

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

  • Essay (1 x 1500 words) 20%
  • Practical Log Book (2 x tasks) 20%
  • MCQs (4x tasks) 20%

End of unit assessment (40%):

A timed, open book end of unit written assessment.

Reading and References

  • Dewhurst’s Textbook of Obstetrics & Gynaecology (8th Ed) D Keith Edmonds. Wiley-Blackwell, 2012
  • Clinical Obstetrics: the fetus and mother – Handbook (3rd ed). Eds A E Reece & JC Robbins. Wiley Blackwell 2007
  • Langman’s Medical Embryology 12th ed. TW Sadler. Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins 2011
  • Emery’s Elements of Medical Genetics, P Turpenny and S Ellard, Elsevier, Churchill Livingstone (14th Ed) 2012
  • Fetal Medicine, Basic Science and Clinical Practice. Eds CH Rodeck & MJ Whittle, Churchill Press, 2000.
  • Maternal-Fetal Medicine (5th Ed). Eds Robert K Creasy & Robert Resnik. Saunders Press, 2003.
  • Larsen’s Human Embryology (4th Ed). Shoenwolf, Bleyl, Brauer and Francis-West. Churchill 2008

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