|Semester 2 Credit Value:||10|
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.
The syllabus will cover the following topics involving lectures from University staff and external speakers.
-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
-Immunology and nutrition
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.
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 Applicable:||Yes|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||18||1:00||18:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||10:00||10:00||Preparation for ELISA report|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||10:00||10:00||Student led group work|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||10:00||10:00||Preparation of essay|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||10:30||10:30||Revision for and completion of Semester 2 examination|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||2||2:00||4:00||Focused groups assessing practical problems|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Workshops||1||2:00||2:00||Presentation of Essays and of practical issues|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||15:30||15:30||Literature search and analysis of data from laboratory practical|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||20:00||20:00||Compilation of notes and follow up after lectures|
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.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Written Examination||90||2||A||50||Essay type questions, answer 3 out of 5 questions.|
|Oral Presentation||20||2||A||10||Group oral Presentation with peer assessment.|
|Essay||2||M||20||Essay, 1000 words|
|Practical/lab report||2||M||20||ELISA Report up to 3 pages|
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.
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