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IMMUNOLOGY

> Level 3
IM 3501
FUNDAMENTALS OF IMMUNOLOGY
CREDIT POINTS 30

Course Co-ordinator: Dr I Crane and Dr H Wilson

Pre-requisite(s): BI 25M7

Co-requisite(s): None

Note(s): None

The course covers all aspects of innate and adaptive immunity: evolution of the immune system; differentiation of cells of the immune system and their functions and interactions; antibody structure and generation of diversity; complement and the innate immune response; cytokines and signalling events in cells of the immune system. Practical classes reinforce this knowledge as well as teaching immunological and generic laboratory techniques and a range of transferable skills.

3 one hour lectures or tutorials and 1 five hour practical class per week.

1st Attempt: 1 three-hour written examination (60%) and in-course assessment (40%).
Continuous assessment comprises: 7 reports/exercises in different formats based on the practical classes.

Resit: 1 three hour written examination (60%) and previous continuous assessment (40%).

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

- Quiz based tutorial allows students to test their knowledge.
- On-line MCQ quiz for students to test their knowledge.

- Practical reports will be marked with written comments.
- Tutorial sessions will provide feedback on course content.
- Quiz tutorial will have immediate oral feedback and opportunity for discussion with lecturers.
- Students receive on-line feedback on completion of the MCQ tests.

IM 3502
APPLIED IMMUNOLOGY: HUMAN HEALTH
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr I Crane and Dr H Wilson

Pre-requisite(s): BI 25M7

Co-requisite(s): IM 3501

The course investigates how the various mechanisms of innate and adaptive immunity interact to protect against human disease and how immune dysfunction may cause disease. Immune responses to pathogens (viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites): immuno-suppressive drugs, organ transplantation; immunobiology of cancer; immunological tolerance and autoimmunity; clinical immunology and immunodeficiency disorders are covered. Practical classes reinforce this knowledge as well as teaching immunological and generic laboratory techniques and a range of transferable skills.

3 one hour lectures or tutorials and 1 five hour practical class per week.

1st Attempt: 1 one and a half hour written examination (60%) and in-course assessment (40%).
Continuous assessment comprises: 2 laboratory reports, 1 essay, 1 poster presentation.

Resit: 1 one and a half hour written examination (60%) and previous continuous assessment (40%).

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

- Practice exam questions on MyAberdeen on which students can request feedback.
- Tutorial on poster presentation provides feedback on work so far.

- Practical reports and essay will be marked with written comments.
- Posters will be discussed with the students when they are presented.

 

> Level 4

PLEASE NOTE: Resit: (for Honours students only): Candidates achieving a CAS mark of 6-8 may be awarded compensatory level 1 credit. Candidates achieving a CAS mark of less than 6 will be required to submit themselves for re-assessment and should contact the Course Co-ordinator for further details.

IM 4005
ADVANCED IMMUNOLOGY
CREDIT POINTS 30

Course Co-ordinator: Professor J Liversidge

Pre-requisite(s): IM 3501, IM 3502, BT 3007, MB 3005

Co-requisite(s): IM 4006, IM 4503

Note(s): None.

The content is modularised and comprises 60 contact hours overall. Each module will consist of a minimum of 5 one hour lectures or tutorials per week. Students will be expected to undertake a considerable additional amount of reading to support core learning.

One essay will be written and examined. All students are required to prepare for, and to attend, a reading party in the week prior to term. Tutorials will be held at regular intervals with the tutor appointed by the Head of School.

5 x 1 hour lectures or tutorials per week.

1st Attempt: 1 x three hour examination (80%) plus in course assessment (20%).

IM 4006
CURRENT RESEARCH IN IMMUNOLOGY
CREDIT POINTS 30

Course Co-ordinator: Dr S Wong / Dr F Ward / Dr B Muller

Pre-requisite(s): IM 3501 + 90 further credit points at level 3.

The formal teaching comprises two options each 15h contact time. Each option will cover separate areas of Immunology working from the original literature. Students will be expected to undertake a considerable additional amount of reading to support core learning.

Two essays will be written and examined. All students are required to prepare for, and to attend, a reading party in the week prior to term. Tutorials will be held at regular intervals with the tutor appointed by the Head of School.

5 x 1 hour lectures or tutorials per week.

1st Attempt: 1 x three hour exam (66.7%) plus in course assessment (33.3%).

IM 4503
IMMUNOLOGY PROJECT
CREDIT POINTS 60

Course Co-ordinator: Professor K Docherty

Pre-requisite(s): MB 3006, IM 3501, and 60 further credits at Level 3.

Co-requisite(s): IM 4003, IM 4004

The core element of the course is a research project that involves 10 weeks laboratory work and production of a thesis. Assessment is on the basis of the performance in the laboratory, the thesis, and the project seminar. Two research tutorials will be organised by academic staff and will be assessed by examination at the end of the semester. Tutorials will be held at regular intervals with the tutor appointed by the Head of School.

1st Attempt: 2 two-hour examinations (2 elements each) and 1 four-hour examination (3 elements) (63.6%); in-course assessment (36.4%).

IM 4504
IMMUNOLOGY OR PHARMACOLOGY PROJECT
CREDIT POINTS 60

Course Co-ordinator: Dr I Crane and Dr R Scott

Pre-requisite(s): BT 3007; PA 3004; IM 3501; PA 3802; BM 3501

Co-requisite(s): IM 4006; PA 4005; PA 4302

A 10 week research project based on either Laboratory work or Library work. The students will learn laboratory and literature research techniques and present a thesis. The thesis is defended in an oral presentation.

10 weeks of 5 days per week in a Laboratory or Library.

1st Attempt: In-course assessement with contributions from thesis (75%) and project performance (25%).

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information