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CMB2004 : Cell and Molecular Biology of the Immune System

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Andrew Knight
  • Lecturer: Dr Vanessa Armstrong
  • Owning School: Biomedical, Nutritional and Sports Scien
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System


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 use in research/healthcare
Immunity against infection/immunization

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture121:0012:00In person
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching11:301:30Seminars - In person
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study186:3086:30Writing 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. In person seminar is for developing higher level skills, including data interpretation, problem-solving and contextualization of taught content, as well as information retrieval. Private study is used for self-directed learning including further reading and preparation for examinations.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Digital Examination601A100In person Inspera Invigilated: Quiz format/data interpretation based exam. Maximum 75 questions.
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
Cell and Molecular Biology of the Immune System1Sister module delivered at NuMed. To be timetabled 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.

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