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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 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 investigates how the various mechanisms of innate and adaptive immunity interact to protect against human disease and how immune dysfunction may cause disease including autoimmunity and hypersensitivity. Immune responses to pathogens (viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites) will be covered as will the involvement of the immune system in areas such as cancer biology and transplantation. Immunotherapy including vaccines and use of antibodies will be discussed.  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, 30
  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 26, 29
  • 1 Workshop during University weeks 26, 28

More Information about Week Numbers

Summative Assessments

Alternative Assessment

Lab Report 15%

Poster 15%

Online Exam 70%

Alternative Resit Assessment

Resubmission of failed elements

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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