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CMB2004 : Cell and Molecular Biology of the Immune System

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Andrew Knight
  • Lecturer: Dr Vanessa Armstrong
  • Owning School: Biomedical, Nutritional and Sports Scien
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


To develop knowledge and understanding of the molecular and cell biology underlying a specific immune response, and to describe how such responses can protect against infection.

Outline Of Syllabus

Antibodies, T cell receptors and MHC molecules
Genetics of antigen recognition systems
Lymphocyte development
Lymphocyte activation
Regulation of immune responses
Antibody Technology
Immunity against infection/immunization

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture121:0012:00PIP
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching11:301:30Seminars - PIP
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching21:002:00Synchronous online seminars (question and answer sessions)
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study184:3084:30Writing up lecture notes, revision and general reading
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures are used to impart information in a concise manner, to highlight areas of importance and to interrelate with directed reading and self-directed study. The seminar is used for developing higher level skills of data interpretation and problem-solving as well as information retrieval. Private study is used for self-directed learning including further reading and preparation for examinations.

Public health contingency:
Lectures and seminars can/will move to online either as synchronous or non-synchronous delivery.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
PC Examination601A100Invigilated MCQ/data interpretation based exam
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
BMN2004Cell and Molecular Biology of the Immune System1Sister module delivered at NuMed. To be timetable at 9:30 am and not on a Friday.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Knowledge and understanding is assessed through a summative examination.

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.

Public health contingency:
Invigilated exam can/will move to online (24-hour take-home exam), timed (60 mins) – MCQ/data interpretation paper

Reading Lists