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Course Overview

  • 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 investigate some of the topics considered in the lectures 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

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 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 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. Practical classes reinforce this knowledge as well as teaching immunological and generic laboratory techniques and a range of transferable skills.

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 one and a half hour written examination (70%) and in-course assessment (30%). Continuous assessment comprises: 2 assignments (1 laboratory report  and 1 poster presentation)

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

Formative Assessment

- 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.

Course Learning Outcomes


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