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Unit information: Assisted Reproductive Technologies in 2018/19

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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


Unit aims:

  • To give a comprehensive understanding of assisted reproductive technologies (ART).
  • To describe routine laboratory techniques carried out in ART

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this unit students will:

  • have an understanding of the clinical aspects of Assisted Reproduction Treatment at tertiary level
  • be able to describe and be familiar with routine laboratory techniques in assisted reproductive technologies applicable to human reproduction and development.

Teaching details

  • Lectures/Seminars
  • Workshop and web-based practicals
  • Self-directed study
  • Peer-to-peer learning (group work/presentations)
  • On-line 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) online 25%

Written exams (contributing a total of 40% to the Unit)

  • 2hr MCQ paper

The 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 exams. As such only 5% compensation between the total coursework element and the total exam element will be allowed.

Reading and References

  • World Health Organisation WHO (2010). WHO laboratory manual for the examination and processing of human semen , 5th Edition
  • Textbook of Assisted Reproductive Techniques Laboratory and Clinical
  • respectives (2008). Eds: DK Gardner, A Weissman, C Howles, Z Shoham, Informa Healthcare
  • 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
  • Assisted Reproductive Technology: Accomplishments and New Horizons (2002). Christopher J De Jonge, Christopher LR Barratt, Cambridge University Press
  • Towards Reproductive Certainty: Fertility and Genetics Beyond 1999 (2000).
  • R Jansen & D Mortimer, Parthenon Publishing