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Unit information: Heart and Valve Disease in 2020/21

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Unit name Heart and Valve Disease
Unit code SOCSM0005
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Professor. Saadeh Suleiman
Open unit status Not open




School/department Bristol Medical School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences


This unit aims to deliver a comprehensive coverage of key topics related to adult cardiac and valve disease, including diagnosis of disorders and integration of pathophysiology with clinical management. Topics to be covered include: the clinical problem, patho-biology, genomics, epidemiology, patient assessment (from GP to clinic), (ECG, angiogram to imaging, Interventions and treatments, complications). Ongoing pre-clinical and translational research examples (including the use of stem cells, novel clinical pharmacology approaches, micro-RNAs and gene therapy) will be presented to illustrate the current understanding and progress of in this treatment of this clinical problem. The current pre-clinical models that can be utilized to assess the effectiveness of newly proposed approaches will be outlined.

Intended learning outcomes

Students successfully completing this module will be able to:

  • Describe the diseases of the heart and the valves commonly seen in adults.
  • Explain the causes, progression and management of adult non-ischaemic heart and valve disease.
  • Discuss the ongoing pre-clinical and translational research related to heart and valve disease.
  • Understand the impact of recent advances in technology in the treatment of heart and valve disease.

Teaching details

  • 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 Details

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

  • 5 sets of multiple choice questions (MCQs) of a simple format (select best answer from 4 or 5 options), contributing 10% to the unit.
  • 1 essay (1500 words), contributing 25% to the unit.
  • 1 short answers (750 words), contributing 12.5% to the unit.
  • Journal paper presentation on a unit relevant topic, contributing 12.5% to the unit.

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

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

  • Essay paper contributing 40% to the unit

Reading and References

Braunwald's Heart Disease: A Textbook of Cardiovascular Medicine (2007) by Libby. Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier. Complete text available online (subscription)

Harrison's Cardiovascular Medicine (2010) by Joseph Loscalzo. Publisher: McGraw-Hill, USA. ISBN 0071702911 / 9780071702911 (also available as eBook)