Core Module Information
Module title: Immunology

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: BMS09100
Module leader: Eva Malone
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Life Sciences

Requisites: AND Pre-requisite: In addition to Biochemistry, knowledge of molecular processes and cell biology would be advantageous AND Pre-requisite: [Module BMS08101] Biochemistry

Description of module content:

The first lectures will introduce you to the major elements of the human immune system introducing for example phagocytes, B cells, T cells, antigen presenting cells, complement, antibodies, cytokines and Toll-like receptors. The complex, multifactorial, co-ordinated responses of the immune system will be explored with an initial, in depth focus on acute inflammation. Immune tolerance, T cell development and T cell and B cell effector mechanisms will also be covered. Once we have covered the foundations of the immune system, you will use the knowledge acquired to evaluate the involvement of the immune system in pathology (e.g. autoimmune disease, hypersensitivity) and reflect on the contribution of immunotechnology to modern medicine (e.g. vaccination, transplantation). Your lectures are supported by interactive tutorial sessions. The practical sessions associated with the module will incorporate a variety of immunological techniques and are embedded to support and enhance your lectures in addition to developing relevant practical skills.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to

LO1: Illustrate the complex and coordinated processes involved in the functioning of the immune system

LO2: Demonstrate the ability to complete basic biochemical assays and prepare and handle the associated reagents

LO3: Utilise a problem-solving approach to the analysis and interpretation of experimental data

LO4: Evaluate the role of the immune system in the development of disease and present your evaluation to a scientific audience

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2023/4, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Eva Malone
Module Organiser:

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Independent Learning Guided independent study 158
Face To Face Lecture 16
Face To Face Tutorial 14
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 12
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Technical Drawing 30 1 7
Project - Written 70 2, 3, 4, 5 14/15 , WORDS= 2500
Component 1 subtotal: 30
Component 2 subtotal: 70
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
BMS09100 Immunology