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Course Overview

  • this course will extend your broader knowledge of the immune system and how it functions in health and disease giving you a second bsis 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

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr I.J. Crane
  • Professor Heather M. Wilson

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Programme Level 4

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Course Description

The content is modularised with the first module building on immunology knowledge acquired at 3rd year and providing students with a broad understanding of all elements of the immune system, how they function to maintain health and how immune dysfunction can cause disease. Topics covered will include the factors that determine the effectiveness of immune responses to micro-organisms and tumours as well as an understanding of the molecular mechanisms by which the immune system can cause disease including allergy, autoimmunity and transplant rejection and potential methods for controlling such responses. The second module explores current knowledge of protein structure and function as proteins are central to all immunological processes, and understanding them is essential. It will cover the relationships between primary sequence and final structure, consequences for function, including interactions, as well as insights into mutations that cause disease and into the evolution of biological systems. The third module will provide insights into the processes and mechanisms that control gene expression in the context of differentiation, development and the adaptation to changes in the environment, using examples from bacteria, yeast and animal systems. Specific examples will include transcriptional control networks, post-transcriptional control by alternative splicing and control of mRNA stability. The fourth module will utilise a series of tutorials and workshops to explore current important hypotheses and advances in immunological theory and practice.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 8 - 9, 11 - 13, 17 - 18
  • 2 Tutorials during University weeks 14 - 16
  • 1 Workshop during University weeks 8, 10, 14 - 16

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for courses may be subject to change. All updates for first-half session courses will be actioned no later than 1700 (GMT) on 18 September 2020. All updates for second half-session courses will be actioned in advance of second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

70% Exam (during summer exam session)

30% Research Perspective 1000 words Essay

Alternative Resit Arrangements for students taking course in Academic Year 2020/21

Online Exam

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

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