2018/19 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue
REPR5240M Cryobiology and Cryopreservation
15 creditsClass Size: 30
Module manager: Prof Bruce Campbell
Taught: 1 Feb to 31 Mar, 1 Sept to 30 Sept View Timetable
Year running 2018/19
Pre-requisite qualificationsAttendance at REPR5210M, REPR5220M.
|REPR5210M||Fund. of Clinical Embryology|
|REPR5220M||IVF and Embryo Culture|
|REPR5160M||Research in Reproduction, Embryology & Assisted Reproduction|
|REPR5250M||Ethics & Law for Embryologists|
|REPR5260M||Res. Proj: Clinical Embryology|
This module is not approved as an Elective
ObjectivesOn completion of this module, students should be able to:
- critically evaluate the basic principles of cryobiology and cryopreservation protocols;
- critically assess the latest developments and techniques used for cryopreservation of oocytes, spermatozoa, zygotes, cleavage stage embryos and blastocysts;
- critically evaluate the options available for cryopreservation of ovarian and testicular biopsies.
On completion of this module students should be able to:
- fully comprehend the basic principles and practices of cryobiology;
- have an in-depth knowledge of and be able to critically evaluate the latest methodologies for cryopreservation by slow freezing and vitrification of oocytes, sperm, embryos of all stages and ovarian and testicular tissue;
- critically evaluate the advantages and disadvantages; risks and benefits associated with these technologies.
Students should learn the principles and practice of cryobiology and cryopreservation as applied to reproductive tissue.
Students should learn how to apply the latest technological advances in this field.
This module will concentrate on the technologies used for cryopreservation by slow freezing and vitrification. The principles and practice of cryobiology will be presented. Further to this the application of this technology to assisted conception will be explored in the context of sperm, embryos, blastocysts, oocytes, ovarian tissue and testicular tissue.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||90.00|
|Total Contact hours||60.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||150.00|
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 assessment 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 1,500 word essay||50.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||50.00|
The schedule for submission of the assessment for full-time MSc/PG Diploma Clinical Embryology and Assisted Reproduction Technology as detailed above is different to the schedule for submission of the assessment 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 1, week 0 of year 2, for submission in Semester 1, week 5 of year 2 of study. Resits will be available for this piece 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|
The schedule for examinations for full-time MSc/PG Diploma Clinical Embryology and Assisted Reproduction Technology is different to the schedule for examinations for part-time MSc/PG Diploma Clinical Embryology. To reflect the different schedule for delivery of the two programmes, the full-time MSc/PG Diploma Clinical Embryology and Assisted Reproduction Technology examination will be set at the end of semester 2. For the part-time MSc/PG Diploma Clinical Embryology the examination will be set at the end of semester 2 of year 2 of study. 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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