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IM5001
Immunology: Back to Basics
CREDIT POINTS 10

Course Co-ordinator: Dr G Walsh

Pre-requisite(s): Degree at 2ii or above from an appropriate academic institution in a science discipline. For international students only - an appropriate level of written and spoken English.

Course aims: To provide students with a refresher course in basic immunology.

Course objectives: To provide all students with the knowledge required for more advanced teaching.

Series of lectures and tutorials.

Multiple Choice Exam (100%), Formative Essay.

IM5004
Hot topics in Molecular & Cellular Immunology
CREDIT POINTS 20

Course Co-ordinator: Dr G Walsh

Pre-requisite(s): Degree at 2ii or above from an appropriate academic institution in a science discipline. For international students only - an appropriate level of written and spoken English.

Course aims:
1. To introduce students to a research driven teaching and learning environment that is intellectually stimulating and challenging.
2. To encourage the development of independent critical powers.
3. To encourage the development of personal and transferable skills to equip students for carer situations either in a research environment or other working environment.

Main Learning Outcomes:
1. In-depth knowledge and understanding of major cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying immunological processes in health and disease.
2. Acquisition of self-directed learning skills.
3. Ability to apply knowledge gained to the solution of practial and theoretical problems, and to communicate these effectively in group situations.
4. To equip students with critical and analytical skills required for further studies in specialised areas of immunological or related research.

Series of lectures and tutorials.

Examination (70%), essay (30%).

IM5005
Immunology in Health and Disease
CREDIT POINTS 20

Course Co-ordinator: Dr G Walsh

Pre-requisite(s): Degree at 2ii or above from an appropriate academic institution in a science discipline. For international students only- an appropriate level of written and spoken English.

Course aims: To provide an understanding of the molecular mechanisms by which the immune system can protect against, or cause disease.

Main Learning Outcomes:
- An understanding of the factors that determine the effectiveness of immune responses to micro-organisms (bacteria, viruses, parasites) and tumours and how protective immunity can be elicited by vaccination.
- An understanding of the molecular mechanisms by which the immune system can cause disease, including allergy, autoimmunity and transplant rejecting and potential methods for controlling such responses.

Series of lectures and tutorials.

Examination (75%), essay (25%).

IM5506
Research Project in Molecular & Cellular Immunology
CREDIT POINTS 80

Course Co-ordinator: Dr G Walsh

Pre-requisite(s): Degree at 2ii or above from an appropriate academic institution in a science discipline. For international students only - an appropriate level of written and spoken English.

Note(s): x

Course aims:
- to provide a stimulating and supportive environment for in depth study.

Main learning outcomes:
- efficient use of library and electronic resources
- IT skills in word processing, graphics and database handling
- time management skills, working to a deadline
- verbal skills in scientific discussion and communication
- practical and theoretical skills in research methodology
- team working

Content:
- each project is distinct and dependent upon work of supervisor's research group
- all proposed projects are reviewed by course co-ordinators and programme organisers before being offered to students.

Thesis (60%), VIVA (10%), Presentation (20%), Supervisor's Mark (10%).

IM5507
Assays of Immune Function
CREDIT POINTS 5

Course Co-ordinator: Dr I Crane

Pre-requisite(s): Degree at 2ii or above from an appropriate academic institution in a science discipline. For international students only - an appropriate level of written and spoken English.

Note(s): This course is only available to those who are at Diploma level.

Course aims:
- to provide students with practical skills in the laboratory environment
- to provide students with knowledge to proceed to further studies in a laboratory environment
- to allow development and practice of a range of transferable skills including software applications and data analysis.

Main learning outcomes:
- appreciation of health and safety issues regarding safe handling of biological materials and chemicals
- skills required for standard conduct of laboratory procedures
- skills in monitoring and recording of experimental processes
- ability to analyse and interpret data derived from laboratory observations.

Series of practicals.

10x practical class reports (10% each).

IM5511
Immunology Research Tutorials
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Neil Young

Pre-requisite(s): Degree at 2ii or above from an appropriate academic institution in a science discipline. For international students only - an appropriate level of written and spoken English.

Course aims:
- to provide students with the intellectual and study skills required for their Research project or dissertation
- to develop and refine critical appraisal skills applied to study of current literature including creative and original thought
- to develop personal and transferable skills for careers and situations not necessarily specific for their chosen subject
- students will acquire theoretical background to modern laboratory technology and techniques in immunology
- students will gain practical experience in the use of laboratory technology and techniques used in immunological and biomedical research.

Learning outcomes:
- an in-depth appreciation of current developments in cutting edge immunological research
- an understanding of what constitutes a key and important research paper
- an understanding of how information is derived from scientific study
- development of personal transferable skills required for scientific study including information retrieval, information analysis, and critical appraisal within the context of controversial or conflicting original literature.

Series of lectures and tutorials.

Continuous assessment (100% as follows: Presentation 25%, Confocal Microscopy 25%,Written Experimental Protocol 25%, Project Essay 25%).

IM5900
Dissertation in Molecular & Cellular Immunology
CREDIT POINTS 20

Course Co-ordinator: Dr G Walsh

Pre-requisite(s): Degree at 2ii or above from an appropriate academic institution in a science discipline. For international students only - an appropriate level of written and spoken English.

Course aims:
- to provide a stimulating and supportive environment for in-depth study.

Main learning outcomes:
- efficient use of library and electronic resources
- IT skills in word processing, graphics and database handling
- time management skills, working to a deadline
- verbal skills in scientific discussion and communication.

Content:
- each dissertation is distinct and dependent upon the student's interests and the work of supervisor's research group
- all proposed dissertations are reviewed by course co-ordinators and programme organisers before being offered to students.

Dissertation (60%), oral presentations (20%), oral presentations (internals and others)(10%), supervisor's mark (10%).

MC5508
Research Tools for Fungal Immunology
CREDIT POINTS 10

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Phil Cash and Dr Simon Wong

Pre-requisite(s): Successful Completion of stage 1 of MRes Medical Mycology and Fungal Immunology

Co-requisite(s): MC5XXX - Research Project

Students will also develop practical skills in data acqusition and interpretation, communication as well as interpersonal and team-working skills. These represent transferable skills that will benefit students across a range of disciplines.

Seven 1-hour lectures, one 2 hour tutorial and 47 hrs practical during the course.

Practical Report (30%); Confocal Microscopy & Flow Cytometry Reports (each 15%/2500 words); Essay (30%).

MC5509
Research Project in Fungal Biology
CREDIT POINTS 60

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Simon Wong

Pre-requisite(s): Successful completion of stage 1 of MRes Medical Mycology and Fungal Immunology

Each project is unique and depends on the interests of the student and ongoing research work within the department. All proposed topics are reviewed by the Programme Coordinator and Wellcome Trust Research team before being offered to the students

No formal teaching. One to one meetings with supervisor

Lab performance (10%), Thesis (up to 12500 words) (80%); presentation (10%)

MC5907
Research Project in Molecular and Cellular Immunology
CREDIT POINTS 60

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Simon Wong

Pre-requisite(s): Successful Completion of stage 1 of MRes Medical Mycology and Fungal Immunology

Each project is unique and depends on the interests of the student and ongoing research work within the department. All proposed topics are reviewed by the Programme Coordinator and Wellocme Trust Research team before being offered to the students

No formal teaching. One to one meetings with supervisor

Lab Performance (10%). Thesis (up to 12500 words) (80%); presentation (10%)