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Unit information: Assisted Reproductive Technologies in 2020/21

Unit name Assisted Reproductive Technologies
Unit code MEDIM4004
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Dr. Gordon
Open unit status Not open




School/department Bristol Medical School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences


The unit will provide a comprehensive understanding of the tertiary level management of infertility. It will detail the clinical and laboratory aspects of assisted reproductive technologies, covering all relevant developments.

Intended learning outcomes

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

  • Describe the clinical and laboratory techniques used in assisted reproduction treatments
  • Recognise the complications, regulatory requirements and role of adjuvant treatments
  • Critically analyse case studies, role of gamete donation and follow up of children born
  • Formulate appropriate treatment plan for tertiary level care of an infertile couple

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 (5 x tasks)15%
  • Interactive tutorials (5 x MCQ's) 25%

End of unit assessment (contributing a total of 40% to the Unit)

  • A timed, open book end of unit written assessment

Reading and References

  • Textbook of Assisted Reproductive Techniques Laboratory and Clinical
  • Towards Reproductive Certainty: Fertility and Genetics Beyond 1999 (2000).
  • Assisted Reproductive Technology: Accomplishments and New Horizons (2002). Christopher J De Jonge, Christopher LR Barratt, Cambridge University Press
  • World Health Organisation WHO (2010). WHO laboratory manual for the examination and processing of human semen , 5th Edition
  • Male Infertility 2nd Edition (2011). AM Jequier Blackwell Science Ltd
  • Human Assisted Reproductive Technology; Future trends in laboratory and clinical practice (2011). Edited by D. Gardner, BRMB Rizk, T Falcone, Cambridge University Press
  • respectives (2018). Eds: DK Gardner, A Weissman, C Howles, Z Shoham, Informa Healthcare
  • Subfertility, Reproductive Endocrinology and Assisted reproduction (2019) Ed Jane A Stewart, Cambridge Publications