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Undergraduate Course: Inflammation and Inflammatory Diseases 4 (IBMS10001)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Biomedical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course aims to:
1. Understand the immunological basis of inflammation and how it can arise in response to tissue damage, injury, infection or other stimuli, and how it is involved in overcoming infection and driving tissue repair.
2. To consider how inflammation and non-resolving inflammation is linked to or can underpin a number of physiological processes (e.g. ageing, development) and disease states in a variety of organ or body systems (e.g. Alzheimer's disease, arthritis, asthma, autism, cancer, coeliac disease, diabetes, hepatitis, inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis). Then it will consider how these may be addressed therapeutically.
3. To evaluate current research in the inflammation and inflammatory disease field.
Course description This course will introduce how inflammation can arise in response to infection or tissue damage, and will show how it this process is involved in overcoming infection or inducing tissue repair through immune responses. It will then consider how chronic and non-resolving inflammation at a variety of tissues, organs and body systems can lead to damage and disease, and then study how chronic inflammation can be tackled therapeutically.
The course will be taught via a series lectures and tutorials which will consider some of the latest advances in the area of inflammation. Tutorials will focus on critical evaluation or primary scientific literature, and on scientific communication skills.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 20, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 14, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 6, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 156 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Essay ICA: 50%«br /»
Abstract writing ICA: 20%«br /»
Graphical Abstract ICA: 30%«br /»
The essay will require the student to engage with a contentious or emerging topic in the field from a set list of topics chosen by course staff«br /»
The abstract ICA will be on one paper chosen by course team written under test conditions. «br /»
The graphical abstract ICA will be on a paper of the student's choosing subject to approval by the course organisers. This will be undertaken as review and research project on the paper, and so carries higher weighting than the abstract writing exercise. «br /»
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Feedback Weekly tutorial sessions will provide an opportunity to review understanding of lecture content with the course team, as well as to gain skills in critical evaluation of scientific literature which will aid essay writing.
Specific workshop tutorial sessions on abstract writing and graphical abstracts will also be provided to support those specific ICAs.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Explain how and why inflammation arises.
  2. Explain how inflammation is normally resolved and the circumstances in which this might fail.
  3. Discuss how non-resolving inflammation can lead to a variety of diffuse disease states and how this may be tackled therapeutically.
  4. Synthesize and interpret recent developments in the inflammation field using primary scientific literature.
  5. Research and critically evaluate recent primary scientific literature and present this in a structured and concise form.
Reading List
Murphy K (2016). Janeway's Immunobiology. 9th edition. Garland Science.

Review articles and primary scientific literature selected by course lecturers. An initial reading list of selected reviews will be provided.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Lectures, tutorials and literature review will focus on critical evaluation, problem solving and research skills. While abstract ICAs will develop skills in effective communication.
KeywordsImmunology,inflammation,inflammatory disease,infection,tissue repair.
Course organiserDr Richard Sloan
Tel: (0131) 242 6281
Course secretaryMiss Natasha Goldie
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