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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 sound basis for further work in this field or related areas;
  • it will introduce current topics and technologies at the leading edge of immunology research which further our understanding of the immune system;
  • it will extend your knowledge of protein structure and function which underpins 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.

The second module explores current knowledge of protein structure and function as proteins are central to all immunological processes and understanding them is essential. Topics include how protein engineering allows the design of therapeutic antibodies.

The third module will use lectures and tutorials to explore current important hypotheses and advances in immunological theory, and technologies at the forefront of immunological research.

The final module also considers advanced molecular techniques in a series of online workshops giving a more in depth understanding of current research techniques.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Lecture during University week s 13, 15 - 19
  • 2 Lectures during University week 14
  • 1 Seminar during University week s 9, 14 - 16
  • 1 Tutorial during University week s 9 - 10, 16 - 17
  • 1 Workshop during University week s 9, 11, 15, 17

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Summative Assessments

Alternative Assessment

70% Exam (during summer exam session)

30% Research Perspective, 1000-word Essay

Alternative Resit Assessment

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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