Module and Programme Catalogue

Search site

Find information on

2024/25 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

MICR1221 Introduction to Immunology

10 creditsClass Size: 250

Module manager: Dr Erica Wilson

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

Pre-requisite qualifications

A-level (or equivalent) in Biology

This module is mutually exclusive with

FOBS1201Molecular Physiology

Module replaces


This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module introduces the fundamental mechanisms of human immunology and its relationship to health and disease. Learners will discover how we protect ourselves from infection through our immune defences, and learn about the role of different types of leukocytes, antibodies and complement in our immune defences. Learners will develop an understanding of how the immune system educates itself to recognise different pathogens, and subsequently diversifies and improves its response, whilst maintaining immune homeostasis.


During this course learners will develop a keen understanding of the immune system at both the conceptual and mechanistic level. Learning activities will take place as in-person large-group lectures, with active learning opportunities embedded throughout for students to test and apply their understanding of concepts against questions and scenarios provided by staff. This will be supported with online resources created by the module team and external partners.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will be able to:
1. Describe the major components of the human innate and adaptive immune system.
2. Explain how the adaptive immune system creates diversity, and maintains tolerance.
3. Describe an immune response to an infectious agent, and how the immune system adapts and creates memory (Academic - critical thinking, Sustainability – Systems Thinking)


Introduction to Immunology provides learners with an introduction to the cells of the immune system and the theory of immunity. Topics covered include:
• Innate Immunity
• Adaptive Immunity
• Immune cell interactions
• Vaccination and antibody diversity
• Immunological diseases

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours5.00
Private study hours77.00
Total Contact hours18.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

This module will employ several approaches to ensure learners have continual formative feedback:

• In-class feedback through engaging with active-learning components of in-person teaching.
• Completion of revision question banks (with questions in a similar format to those found in summative assessments), and reviewing feedback comments (automated).
• A timetabled revision session with a timed element, and formative feedback against learning outcomes.

Methods of assessment

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online MCQ1 hr 100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)100.00

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: 08/05/2024


Browse Other Catalogues

Errors, omissions, failed links etc should be notified to the Catalogue Team.PROD

© Copyright Leeds 2019