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MIC3045 : Immune Recognition

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

The aim of the module is to provide an up to date review of how the cells of the immune system recognize antigens. A major emphasis throughout the course will be on understanding how experimental research has, and is continuing, to contribute to knowledge in this area.

Original Summary:
The aim of the module is to provide an up to date review of how the cells of the immune system recognize foreign material and thereby protect us from infectious diseases. A major emphasis throughout the course will be on understanding how experimental research has, and is continuing, to contribute to knowledge in this area.

Outline Of Syllabus

The main topics dealt with in this module are: key differences in antigen recognition between B cells and T cells, antigen presentation and antigen presenting cells, the T cell antigen receptor, T cell development, development of the T cell repertoire, peripheral tolerance in T cells, the B cell receptor, B cell development, B cell tolerance, somatic mutation and class switching in B cells, gamma-delta T cells, unconventional alpha-beta T cells, NK cells and NK cell receptors.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture221:0022:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching61:006:00Tutorials
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1172:00172:00N/A
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lectures provide the core information and directionality of the course, with more detailed incisive analysis of specific topics in the tutorials. The lectures and tutorials are specifically designed to encourage critical thinking as a generic skill.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A80N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M20N/A
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The written assignment will develop students’ writing skills and the ability to assimilate knowledge from a variety of sources. Final exams will test their knowledge and critical understanding of immune recognition.

FMS Schools offering Semester One modules available as ‘Study Abroad’ will, where required, provide an alternative assessment time for examinations that take place after the Christmas vacation. Coursework with submissions dates after the Christmas vacation will either be submitted at an earlier date or at the same time remotely.

The form of assessment will not vary from the original.

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