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Last modified: 22 Sep 2021 11:30

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 Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr I.J. Crane
  • Professor Heather M. 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: 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.  We will consider how these aspects differ in health and disease. Practical classes reinforce this knowledge as well as teaching immunological and generic laboratory techniques and a range of transferable skills.

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Practical during University weeks 27, 29, 31 - 32, 33 - 34
  • 1 Practical during University week29
  • 1 Seminar during University week28
  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 26 - 28, 31 - 34, 39
  • 2 Tutorials during University weeks 30, 35

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

4 lab report 7.5% each

Online Exam 70%


Resit AY20/21: resubmission of failed elements

Resit AY19/20: Online Exam

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualRememberILO’s for this course are available in the course guide.

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