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Undergraduate Immunology 2014-2015

IM3501: FUNDAMENTALS OF IMMUNOLOGY

30 credits

Level 3

Second Sub Session

  • this course will give you a broad understanding of the immune system, the way it works and its role in health and disease;
  • you will cover the core concepts which are essential for advanced study in Immunology;
  • practical classes will extend your knowledge and abilities in both generic laboratory techniques and those more specifically related to Immunology;
  • you will gain wider transferrable skills including team-working, improved ability to present and interpret data and write reports, and improved numerical skills all of which are key requirements for employers

IM3502: APPLIED IMMUNOLOGY: HUMAN HEALTH

15 credits

Level 3

Second Sub Session

  • explores Immunology in the context of human disease, discussing the mechanisms the human immune system uses to protect against pathogens and also how its dysfunction may lead to problems such as autoimmune disease, allergy and cancer. Therapeutic approaches are considered;
  • prepares you for further study in Immunology and other aspects of medical science;
  • practical classes will give you the opportunity to consider the use of immunology in terms of diagnosis and typing as well as reinforcing general laboratory skills;
  • you will gain wider transferrable skills of value to employers including report writing, presentation of a topic and team working

IM4005: ADVANCED IMMUNOLOGY

30 credits

Level 4

First Sub Session

  • this course will extend your broader knowledge of the immune system and how it functions in health and disease giving you a sound basis for further work in this field or related areas;
  • it will introduce current topics at the leading edge of immunology research which further our understanding of the immune system;
  • it will extend your knowledge of  gene expression and protein structure which underpin immunology;
  • it will develop your ability to read and critically assess current scientific literature;
  • it will improve understanding of current research techniques applicable in Immunology and other medical and basic sciences

IM4006: CURRENT RESEARCH IN IMMUNOLOGY

30 credits

Level 4

First Sub Session

  • this course enables the students to extend their knowledge in basic Immunology to frontline research into specific mechanisms that focus on infectious agents and maintaining immunity;
  • module 1 enables understanding of how human pathogens can evade our immune system and the challenges of immunotherapeutic and vaccine development for these pathogens;
  • module 2 focuses on molecular mechanisms that shape the immune system and provide novel therapeutic targets for autoimmunity, cancer, transplantation and infection

Overall, this course provides the students with current knowledge in a variety of health and disease issues that are attractive to potential employers in academia and industry.

IM4007: HONOURS IMMUNOLOGY - OPTION 1

15 credits

Level 4

First Sub Session

  • students will extend from their "textbook" knowledge in basic Immunology to frontline research into areas such as the specific mechanisms that successfully eliminate different types of infectious agent, and the cells and molecules that prevent autoimmune diseases;
  • students will understand how pathogens are able to evade our immune system and the current strategies and challenges in immunotherapeutic and vaccine development for these pathogens; 
  • research tutorials help students to acquire further knowledge in a specialist subject in Immunology and develop their reading, writing, numeracy, communication and critical analysis skills that are attractive to employers in academia and industry.

IM4307: HONOURS IMMUNOLOGY - OPTION 2

15 credits

Level 4

First Sub Session

  • understanding the molecular mechanisms involved in shaping our immunity will lead to vast treatment improvements for a range of diseases, especially in the areas of autoimmunity, cancer, transplantation and infection;
  • a deeper understanding of our immune system has already been exploited in so many ways – as immunotherapies for the treatment of cancer and autoimmune disease, in kits that aid early diagnosis of disease, as prognostic markers of disease activity, and in the development of novel vaccination strategies;
  • this course focuses on recent advances in molecular Immunology will start you on the path to further, higher studies of the immune system

IM4504: IMMUNOLOGY OR PHARMACOLOGY PROJECT

60 credits

Level 4

Second Sub Session

This 10 week research project will give the student experience in advanced laboratory or literature research techniques.
Wider transferrable skills which will enhance employability are
  • time-management skills;
  • the ability to design and plan research strategy;
  • the ability to critically assess the work of others;
  • skills in data analysis and interpretation;
  • the ability to maintain accurate, detailed, up-to-date records of work;
  • the ability to write a clear account of the aims of the work, what was achieved and its significance;
  • the ability to present the major findings of the project orally to a general audience

IM4505: IMMUNOLOGY HONOURS RESEARCH PROJECT

60 credits

Level 4

Second Sub Session

This 10 week research project will give the student experience in advanced laboratory or literature research techniques.
Wider transferrable skills which will enhance employability are
  • time-management skills;
  • the ability to design and plan research strategy;
  • the ability to critically assess the work of others;
  • skills in data analysis and interpretation;
  • the ability to maintain accurate, detailed, up-to-date records of work;
  • the ability to write a clear account of the aims of the work, what was achieved and its significance;
  • the ability to present the major findings of the project orally to a general audience

IM4901: IMMUNOLOGY HONOURS EXAM DATA ANALYSIS

0 credits

Level 4

Second Sub Session

  • You will improve your ability to assess and critically analyse and interpret research data and published research papers, an essential skill for more advanced scientific work;
  • You will improve numerical skills needed for laboratory work which are a key requirement for employers in this area

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