Undergraduate Course: Immunobiology (IMMU10001)
|School||School of Biological Sciences
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This course will cover most aspects of the basic biology of the immune system. Initial lectures will consider the cells of the immune system, their function, the structure of lymphoid organs and the how cells move around the within and between lymphoid organs to bring about crucial interactions.
This course will cover most aspects of the basic biology of the immune system. Initial lectures will consider the cells of the immune system, their function, the structure of lymphoid organs and the how cells move around the within and between lymphoid organs to bring about crucial interactions. The information provided is viewed as core knowledge for students wishing to gain an honours degree in Immunology; it will be useful, if not essential, for many of the other immunology electives. Following on from this orientation to the immune system, the course will narrow its focus onto 4 main areas of immune biology:
1. How the innate immune system (evolutionarily old) underlies and informs the adaptive immune system (lymphocytes).
2. How the immune system decides when (and how) to respond (issues such as co-stimulation, self versus non-self discrimination and danger).
3 How the immune system is prevented from responding to self (tolerance).
4. How the immune system remembers is has encountered an microorganism already (memory). These represent fields of very active current research and in which big, important questions remain. The course will involve a mixture of lectures and problem-based learning with an emphasis on discussion of the controversial aspects of the subject.
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2020/21, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 30,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Dec Exam diet, 2 essay-type questions from a choice of 4.
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S1 (December)||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Basic understanding of the current field of Immunology.
- Development of an intellectual framework of the immune system upon which other courses build.
- Attainment of advanced skills in reading and understanding the primary literature.
- Development of scientific problem solving skills.
- Development of oral presentation skills.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Dietmar Zaiss
Tel: (0131 6)50 5455
|Course secretary||Mr Tim MacDonald
Tel: (0131 6)51 7296