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Undergraduate Course: Clinical Immunology & Haematology 3B (MSBM09004)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Biomedical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaMedical Sciences (Biomedical Sciences) Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionClinical Immunology & Haematology 3B is a Junior Honours course designed to prepare BSc Biological Sciences students for the Honours Immunology programme. The aims of this course are to demonstrate, through lectures and other learning environments, how the immune system develops, prevents infectious diseases and interacts with other bodily systems to limit or cause tissue damage. The course will give students a good grounding in theoretical and practical aspects of immunology and haematology with an emphasis on aspects of clinical immunology. During the course diseases involving the immune system will be used to illustrate its normal function. The course includes sections on haematology and stem cell origins of the haematopoietic/immune systems, acute and chronic inflammation, autoimmunity, allergy, transplantation, immune responses to infectious disease including vaccination and HIV infection. Material covering forensics, oncology and cytology will be included to relate the main content in a wider and applied context.

The lecture programme will run for 11 weeks and will be base around the discipline of Clinical Immunology but introductory session to cover haematology and basic immunology. There will be a practical session related to haematology. Tutorial will be based on published scientific papers and case studies. Working in groups, students will produce a Wiki based on a subject relating to the course content.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Microorganisms, Cells and Immunity 2 (BILG08004)
It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed The Dynamic Cell 2 (BILG08009) AND Genes and Gene Action 2 (BILG08003)
Co-requisites Students MUST also take: Immunology 3 (BILG09007)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 13/01/2014
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 20, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 174 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 60 %, Coursework 30 %, Practical Exam 10 %
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
During this course, students should obtain:
1. Detailed knowledge (or information on where to find it) of immune and haematopoietic system cells and molecules, and of advanced disease-related topics which prepare the student for Honours Medical Sciences and allied subjects.
2. Knowledge of how changes to the normal physiology of immune system cells can underlie human diseases and disorders.
3. Knowledge primarily of clinical immunology & haematology in humans.
4. Improved knowledge of scientific literature, practical and data interpretation skills.
5. Development of the ability to work as a team member and to critically appraise the efforts of others.
6. Improvement of computer skills and written information presentation skills, including ability to research a topic and produce a well-constructed educational web-wiki.
Assessment Information
Degree examination 60%
Practical report 10%
Wiki 30%
Special Arrangements
Exam should be in week 3 of exam period 2 (beginning of May) to give time for exam scripts to be marked in time due to increased student numbers.

Exam should be held at same time as Clinical Immunology & Haematology 3A.
Additional Information
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Transferable skills Not entered
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Study Abroad Not entered
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Course organiserDr Andrew Macdonald
Tel: (0131 6)50 7315
Course secretaryMs Tracy Noden
Tel: (0131 6)50 3717
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