2018/19 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue
REPR5220M IVF and Embryo Culture
35 creditsClass Size: 30
Module manager: Dr Matthew Cotterill
Taught: 1 Oct to 31 Mar (18mth), 1 Sep to 28 Feb View Timetable
Year running 2018/19
Pre-requisite qualificationsAttendance at REPR5210M. Students will be expected to be familiar with the topics which are fundamental to embryology before commencing this module.
|REPR5160M||Research in Reproduction, Embryology & Assisted Reproduction|
|REPR5240M||Cryobiology & Cryopreservation|
|REPR5250M||Ethics & Law for Embryologists|
|REPR5260M||Res. Proj: Clinical Embryology|
|REPR5210M||Fund. of Clinical Embryology|
This module is not approved as an Elective
ObjectivesOn completion of this module, students should be able to:
- critically discuss the common infectious diseases relevant to assisted reproduction technology and the importance of infection control in the IVF laboratory;
- know how to establish and maintain quality assurance procedures that are essential to the reliable operation of an IVF laboratory;
- assess the various techniques used in the preparation of male and female gametes for use in IVF and ICSI;
- evaluate tissue culture systems for IVF and embryo culture;
- recognize and assess all stages of pre- and post-implantation embryonic development and placentation.
On completion of this module students should be able to:
- design, establish and maintain an IVF laboratory consistent with current regulatory standards operating with state-of-the-art equipment and procedures;
- demonstrate a full comprehension of the importance of quality management in the IVF laboratory;
- demonstrate in-depth knowledge of infection control measures and be able to evaluate risks in the IVF laboratory;
- evaluate and assess the methods used to culture healthy embryos from male and female gametes.
Students will learn how to design, establish and manage an IVF Laboratory and to monitor and improve its performance. This will involve knowledge of culture systems and quality control measures.
This module will provide the student with a wide-ranging overview of the topics which are fundamental to embryology. The intention will be to build on students' knowledge to provide an extensive and detailed comprehension of the running of an IVF laboratory and service.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||256.00|
|Total Contact hours||94.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||350.00|
Private studyStudents will be expected to work in their own time researching online coursework and building their knowledge from the online materials.
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackPersonal tutors are in regular, frequent contact with students by email, internet and telephone. Students have face-to-face tutorials to discuss topical issues and questions, to review progress and assess feedback, with early identification and support for students who are not achieving at a satisfactory level.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Essay||1 x essay 1,000-1,500 words||25.00|
|Project||including oral presentation and a written critique||25.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||50.00|
The schedule for submission of the two assessments for full-time MSc/PG Diploma Clinical Embryology and Assisted Reproduction Technology as detailed above is different to the schedule for submission of the two assessments for the part-time MSc/PG Diploma Clinical Embryology due to the different schedule for delivery of the two programmes. For the part-time MSc/PG Diploma Clinical Embryology the essay will be set in semester 2, week 22 for submission in Semester 2, week 24 of year 1 of study; the project will be set in semester 3, S3 in year 1 for submission in semester 2, week 23 of year 2. Resits will be available for both pieces of coursework.
|Exam type||Exam duration||% of formal assessment|
|Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)||3 hr 00 mins||50.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Exams)||50.00|
A re-sit exam will be available for both programmes in September. The exam will take the form of an unseen paper of 3 hours duration consisting of 40 MCQs and a choice of 2 out of 4 essays.
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
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