Undergraduate Course: Molecular and Cellular Immunology (IMMU10016)
|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. It is intended that by the end of this course, the student will have gained a conceptual and working knowledge of the immune system that can be used as a framework for understanding more advanced and in-depth reading. The course will provide an essential grounding for the understanding of the complex molecular and cellular interactions of the immune response
This course will cover most aspects of the basic biology of the immune system. Initial lectures will consider the molecules and cells of the immune system. The course continues by discussion of evolutionary aspects of the immune system, and the role of the innate immune system, at all levels of scale, in the initiation of immune responses. The course will then cover the mechanisms of antigen and cellular recognition, at the molecular, cellular and organismal levels, that bring about crucial immune interactions. The course concludes with investigation of some important concepts that underpin a functioning immune system; immune regulation, recognition of danger and/or nonself, and the interaction between the immune system the external environment.
It is intended that by the end of this course, the student will have gained a conceptual and working knowledge of the immune system that can be used as a framework for understanding more advanced and in-depth reading. The course will provide an essential grounding for the understanding of the complex molecular and cellular interactions of the immune response. 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 the other immunology electives.
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 48,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
Graphical Abstract / Presentation - 20%«br /»
Examination - 80%
||Through student and staff feedback at the end of the course and at the end of the academic year. Evaluation of examination and ICA marks across the class.
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S1 (December)||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate a critical understanding of the current field of Immunology.
- Develop an intellectual framework of the immune system upon which other courses build.
- Demonstrate advanced skills in reading and understanding the primary literature.
- Demonstrate their development of scientific problem-solving skills.
- Demonstrate autonomy and initiative by the development of effective oral presentation skills.
|1. Janeway's immunobiology, 9th Edition. Kenneth Murphy (Kenneth M.),|
2. Cellular and Molecular Immunology, 9th Edition. Abbas, A.K., Lichtman, A.H. and Pillai, S.
3. Kuby immunology. Owen, Judith A., Punt, Jenni, Stranford, Sharon A., Jones, Patricia P., Kuby, Janis.
4. JAKS AND STATS: Biological Implications. Warren J. Leonard and John J. O'Shea.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||The main graduate attribute is Knowledge and Understanding, but the nature of Honours year teaching with increased emphasis on individual learning, reading background research papers, and making both intellectual and ethical arguments is important to the development of Personal and Intellectual Autonomy. Learning to organise time effectively, to revise efficiently for examinations and to tackle problem-based learning is a test of Personal Effectiveness.
Students will acquire skills in critical evaluation of the literature, enhanced abilities in problem-solving, and effective communication of complex ideas in writing and orally.
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||The course will involve a mixture of lectures, problem-based learning and oral presentations with an emphasis on discussion of novel and contested aspects of immunology.
|Keywords||Immunology,Molecular Immunology,Cellular Immunology
|Course organiser||Dr Jason Mooney
|Course secretary||Mr Tim MacDonald
Tel: (0131 6)51 7296