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Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07

Course Overview

  • 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

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Isabel Crane
  • Dr Heather Wilson

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

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Course Description

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.

Further Information & Notes


Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: 1 three-hour written examination (70%) and in-course assessment (30%). Continuous assessment comprises: 4 reports/exercises in different formats based on the practical classes.

Resit: 1 three hour written examination (70%) and previous continuous assessment (30%).

Formative Assessment

- 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.

Course Learning Outcomes


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