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MICR1220 Introduction to Immunology

10 creditsClass Size: 200

Module manager: Dr Martin Stacey
Email: M.Stacey@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

This module is mutually exclusive with

FOBS1201Molecular Physiology

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

- Just what are antibodies anyway and how do they work? - Is the chicken noodle soup safe? You will learn about this and other topics when you enrol for MICR1220 Introduction to Immunology. The pre-requisite qualification for this module is normally a pass in one science A Level or equivalent qualification. This module reviews fundamental immune mechanisms with particular emphasis on human immunology and its relationship to health and disease. You will discover how we protect ourselves from infection through our immune defences. You will learn about the role of different types of leukocytes and of antibodies and complement in our immune defences. Teaching of this 10-credit module is through lectures and problem-solving exercises and runs in the second part of Semester 2. Examination is through in-course assessment and an end-of-semester multiple response question paper. You should consider that module if you would like to learn about microbial applications together with immunology.

Objectives

This module will instill a fundamental understanding of immune mechanisms with particular emphasis on human immunology and its relationship to health and disease.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students should be able to:
- describe the major components of the human innate and specific immune systems
- describe how the immune system responds to infection by bacteria and viruses
- choose the most appropriate techniques to solve simple immunological problems.


Syllabus

- Introduction to immunology
- Innate immunity
- Introduction to adaptive immunity and the lymphoid system
- T-cells and cell-mediated immunity
- T-cell receptor and the MHC
- B cells and antibodies
- Antibody structure and function
- Epitopes and antibodies
- Generation of antibody diversity
- Cellular interactions in immunity
- Monoclonal antibodies
- Immunological methods
- Immunisation
- Immunological diseases.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Lecture201.0020.00
Private study hours80.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Attendance monitoring at lectures.

Methods of assessment


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course AssessmentProblem based exercise - Imunology problem20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)20.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated


Exams
Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)1 hr 30 mins80.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)80.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 17/04/2019

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