Module Catalogue 2015/16

ACE2034 : Introduction to Immunology

  • Offered for Year: 2015/16
  • Module Leader(s): Prof. Ilias Kyriazakis
  • Owning School: Agriculture, Food & Rural Development
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment


Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment



To introduce the students to a basic knowledge of innate and adapted immune mechanisms, immune cells, and deregulation (transplant reject, allergies, auto-immune diseases) and the use of serological tests to assess infection status.

Outline Of Syllabus

The syllabus will cover the following topics involving lectures from University staff and external speakers.
-Natural defences
-Innate/Adaptive immunity
-T cell receptors and MHC system
-Production and use of antibodies
-Serological tests (Elisa, IFAT, Western blotting, Electron microscopy)
-Antigen preparation for vaccination
-Case study with a live vaccine
-In vitro cellular techniques
-Auto-immune diseases
-Immunology and nutrition

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

After successful completion of this module the student will be able to:
- Understand the innate and adaptive mechanisms in place for infection control and their interplay.
- Understand what cellular and humoral responses are generated during infections and how the immune system can be overpowered by pathogens or through regulation problems
- Understand immune system deregulation
- Have a broad knowledge of the diagnostic tests that measure immune responses.

Intended Skill Outcomes

After successful completion of this module a student will be able to:
(1) recognise immune responses to various pathogens and appreciate immune system deregulation
(2) develop practical skills through the serological practical class
(3) develop his/her written communication skills through essay and report writting within the continuous assessment programme
(4) handle and manipulate relevant diagnostic test data to imporve his/her numeric kills and adopt analytical, quantittaive approaches to problems.
(5) develop team work and self/peer assessment through oral group communication and presentation within the continuous assessment programme.

Graduate Skills Framework

Graduate Skills Framework Applicable: Yes
  • Cognitive/Intellectual Skills
    • Critical Thinking : Assessed
    • Data Synthesis : Present
    • Active Learning : Assessed
    • Literacy : Assessed
    • Information Literacy
      • Source Materials : Present
      • Synthesise And Present Materials : Assessed
      • Use Of Computer Applications : Present
  • Self Management
    • Planning and Organisation
      • Goal Setting And Action Planning : Present
      • Decision Making : Present
    • Personal Enterprise
      • Innovation And Creativity : Assessed
      • Initiative : Present
      • Independence : Present
      • Problem Solving : Present
      • Adaptability : Present
  • Interaction
    • Communication
      • Oral : Assessed
      • Interpersonal : Present
      • Written Other : Assessed
    • Team Working
      • Collaboration : Present
      • Relationship Building : Present
  • Application
    • Occupational Awareness : Present

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Preparation for ELISA report
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Student led group work
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Preparation of essay
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:3010:30Revision for and completion of Semester 2 examination
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture181:0018:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching22:004:00Focused groups assessing practical problems
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops12:002:00Presentation of Essays and of practical issues
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study115:3015:30Literature search and analysis of data from laboratory practical
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study120:0020:00Compilation of notes and follow up after lectures
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures and small group teaching allows the development of a substantial knowledge base on immunology.
Tutorials allow for acquiantance with lab based immunological techniques.
Group work allows the development of group skills, peer assessment and oral communication.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination902A50Essay type questions, answer 3 out of 5 questions.
Oral Presentation202A10Group oral Presentation with peer assessment.
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M20Essay, 1000 words
Practical/lab report2M20ELISA Report up to 3 pages
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Team building exercise such as oral group presentations will help students to work together under deadlines and through a chosen topic. Peer assessment assesses the student's ability to work as part of a team and it effectiveness.
Individual writing skills will be assessed with the essay and the ELISA report.
The final exam will assess their integrative thinking for broader questions and the student's recall of key content of themodyle and relevant information from other sources and facilitates demonstration of his/her knowledge and understanding of the main principles of immunology.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


Note: The Module Catalogue now reflects module information relating to academic year 15/16. Please contact your School Office if you require module information for a previous academic year.

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