BS223-5-SP-CO:
Immunity in Health and Disease

The details
2019/20
Life Sciences (School of)
Colchester Campus
Spring
Undergraduate: Level 5
Current
Monday 13 January 2020
Friday 20 March 2020
15
05 September 2019

 

Requisites for this module
(none)
(none)
(none)
(none)

 

BS326

Key module for

BSC B990 Biomedical Science,
BSC B991 Applied Biomedical Science (NHS placement),
BSC B995 Biomedical Science (Including Year Abroad),
BSC B999 Biomedical Science (Including Placement Year),
BSC BD00 Biomedical Science (Including Foundation Year)

Module description

The first part of the course will provide you with an introduction to innate (natural) and adaptive (specific) immunology. In the second part of the course, examples of immuno-pathology, such as auto-immunity, immuno-deficiencies and vaccines will be taught with special emphasis on human immunology. Selected clinical examples (e.g. allergy and transplantation) will be discussed. Case-studies (e.g. AIDS) will be used in the sections pertinent to immuno-pathology and clinical immunology. The course should provide the basis for understanding how the immune system works. BS223 provides the basic building blocks for those students planning to take BS326 (Molecular and Developmental Immunology) in the final year.

Learning outcomes:
To pass this module students will need to:
1. Provide an integrated overview of the principles of the immune system and describe the anatomical and structural basis of the human immune system.
2. Demonstrate an understanding of the molecular structure and mode of action of the major receptors and molecules of the immune system.
3. Show basic immunological mechanisms can help to understand immuno-dysfunction such as autoimmune diseases and immuno-deficiencies (e.g. AIDS).
4. Identify areas of immunology where current knowledge could lead to clinical intervention.
5. Show skills in information retrieval and data analysis and interpretation, coursework writing in the form of SPF and self-learning.
6. Demonstrate the ability to integrate material across different modules.
7. Be able to use immuno-assays and binding techniques such as cytometry for the analysis of the immune system.
8. Be able to identify the organs of the immune system and use of confocal microscopy to visualise immune receptors.

Module aims

This Module is designed to provide a thorough grounding in the most basic aspects of immunology. It also aims at familiarizing you with the complex language used by immunologists today.

Module learning outcomes

To pass this module, students will need to:
1. Provide an integrated overview of the principles of the immune system and describe the anatomical and structural basis of the human immune system.
2. Demonstrate an understanding of the molecular structure and mode of action of the major receptors and molecules of the immune system.
3. Show basic immunological mechanisms can help to understand immuno-dysfunction such as autoimmune diseases and immuno-deficiencies (e.g. AIDS).
4. Identify areas of immunology where current knowledge could lead to clinical intervention.
5. Show skills in information retrieval and data analysis and interpretation, coursework writing in the form of SPF and self-learning.
6. Demonstrate the ability to integrate material across different modules.
7. Be able to use immuno-assays and binding techniques such as cytometry for the analysis of the immune system.
8. Be able to identify the organs of the immune system and use of confocal microscopy to visualise immune receptors.






Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

20 x 1 hour lectures, plus 1 revision class before summer exam; 2 x 1 day practicals

Bibliography

This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework Prac 1 Worksheet (Group 1) 45%
Coursework Prac 1 Worksheet (Group 2)
Coursework Prac 2 Worksheet (Group 1) 50%
Coursework Prac 2 Worksheet (Group 2)
Exam 120 minutes during Summer (Main Period) (Main)

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
50% 50%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
50% 50%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Prof Nelson Fernandez, Dr Raj Thaker
School Undergraduate Office, email: bsugoffice (Non essex users should add @essex.ac.uk to create the full email address)

 

Availability
Yes
No
No

External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Resources
Available via Moodle
Of 273 hours, 21 (7.7%) hours available to students:
252 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).

 

Further information
Life Sciences (School of)

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