Undergraduate Course: Clinical Immunology & Haematology 3A (MSBM09005)
|School||Deanery of Biomedical Sciences
||College||College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||Clinical Immunology & Haematology 3 is a Junior Honours course designed to prepare BSc Medical Sciences students, BSc Biomedical Sciences students and BSc Biological Sciences students for their Senior Honours programmes. 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.
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2019/20, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 26,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 5,
Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 4,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Degree Examination (60%)
Practical Report (10%)
Group Online Wiki (30%)
||Feedback will be provided for the in-course assessments and, upon request, for the degree examination.
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- During this course students should: Obtain detailed knowledge (and information on where to find it) of human immune and haematopoietic system cells and molecules, and of advanced human disease-related topics which prepare the student for Honours in Medical Sciences and allied subjects.
- Understand how changes to the normal physiology of immune and haematopoietic systems can underlie human diseases and disorders.
- Improve their knowledge of how to read and appraise relevant scientific literature: practical skills; and, data interpretation skills.
- Develop their ability to work as a team member and to critically appraise the efforts of others.
- Improve their computer and written information presentation skills, including the ability to research a topic in depth and contribute to the production of a well-constructed educational online wiki.
|There is no general textbook that covers the whole Clinical Immunology & Haematology 3 course. The course builds on the information learned in Microorganisms, Cells and Immunity 2 for which the text book is Sompayrac, L. (2012): How the Immune System Works, 4th edition, Wiley-Blackwell.|
You should read lecture handouts (provided electronically on Learn) in conjunction with recommended references given during lectures etc., and assume that all material formally presented in the course is examinable. However, the following textbooks contain basic information on much of the course and are available in the library in multiple copies and often online from the library:
Abbas A. et al Cellular and Molecular Immunology, Ninth Edition 2018, Elsevier
Available online from the library
Todd I et al. Immunology Lecture Notes 7th edition Wiley Blackwell (available online from the library).
Murphy K et al. Janeways Immunobiology 7th Edition or 8th Edition. Garland Science
Geha R and Notarangelo L. Case Studies in Immunology: A Clinical Companion. Garland Science
Ralston et al. (2018) Davidsons Principles and Practice of Medicine, 20th Edition. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone. (available online through University of Edinburgh Library).
Janeways Immunobiology is very detailed and Immunology researchers will still use this book. The first chapter is excellent for students wishing to get ahead before starting the course. The book also has icons in the margin that highlight case studies in Case studies in Immunology that are relevant to the topic being discussed. Cellular and Molecular Immunology is an excellent book available online and Immunology lecture notes is less detailed and easier to read than Janeways Immunobiology and builds on a basic knowledge of immunity (also available online). Davidsons Principles and Practice of Medicine has excellent chapter for the haematology side of the course.
Individual lecturers will also recommend parts of other textbooks, general reviews or interesting articles for you to consult for more specific detail.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||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 3B.
|Course organiser||Prof Julia Dorin
Tel: 0131 242 6658
|Course secretary||Miss Morag Wilson
Tel: (0131 6) 509 414