BIMBD2-Cardiovascular disease and therapeutics

Module Provider: School of Biological Sciences
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Sam Boateng


Type of module:

Summary module description:
This module will teach students about the human cardiovascular system and associated diseases. The module will examine the current therapeutic options available to prevent and manage cardiovascular disease. Building on the knowledge and skills developed in the Autumn term, this Spring term module will place particular emphasis on current research to help convey mechanistic insights into diseases processes.

To enable students to understand the main areas of cardiovascular pathology and therapeutics.

Assessable learning outcomes:
At the end of the module students should have understood cardiac anatomy and physiology (structure and function of the cardiovascular system in mammals). This understanding will form the basis of cardiovascular pathology and therapy. Students will have understood the major causes of cardiovascular disease, risks factors and treatment. There will be particular focus on mechanistic causes of disease and up to date research approaches on prevention/cure. Students will develop critical analysis and presentation skills through problem-based learning and analysis of scientific literature.

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:
This module will cover all the major topics in cardiovascular medicine, including cell signalling, apoptosis, growth regulation, hypertension, cardiac hypertrophy and heart failure, stroke, atherosclerosis, restenosis and haemostasis. Several staff in the Biomedical Sciences section of the School of Biological Sciences will contribute to this module. The lecture material will be re-enforced and developed through the use of tutorials and problem-based learning presentations. The assessable learning outcomes will include an understanding of human cardiovascular disease and therapeutics. Student critical thinking, analysis and presentation skills will also be assessed through written examinations, tutorials and oral presentations.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
This module will primarily be delivered by attendance at lectures, seminars, small group tutorials and problem–based learning presentations. Additionally, individual study will be required to review the literature in preparation for the tutorials and presentations.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Tutorials 20
Guided independent study 160
Total hours by term 200.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 70
Oral assessment and presentation 30

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information:

Assessment requirements for a pass:

Reassessment arrangements:
A reassessment essay title will be provided by the module convenor.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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Last updated: 20 April 2018


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