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: Biomedical Science

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2020/1, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Eva Malone
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
A combination of interactive lectures, tutorials and analyses are used to provide background information, to develop scientific and employability skills and provide problem solving opportunities. The tutorials are designed to support student engagement with the material delivered in lectures and the practical sessions and to support and promote critical evaluation of the various responses of the immune system. Reference to original research will be made in lectures and data from research papers will be used in tutorials. The interactive elements of the module are designed to provide students with opportunities to communicate immunological related concepts and promote engagement with the appropriate scientific terminology. These methods support students in the achievement of LO1, LO3, LO4 and LO5. Numerical analysis, problem solving and critical evaluation of the data are supported in the practical sessions (LO2). In addition, these sessions are aligned with the lectures and tutorials to help consolidate the theory delivered.

Links will be made to wider programme content, scholarship and employability skills when appropriate. Opportunities to build on previous assessment feedback received will be adopted. In addition, the tutorials will be used to provide timely formative assessment and feed forward opportunities relevant to the module summative assessments. Direction will be given to guide students with regards to their independent learning activities to enable students to prepare for lectures, tutorials and practical’s effectively and to help consolidate key concepts and information delivered in class time

Formative Assessment:
A formative assessment opportunity linked to the flow diagram summative assessment (week 7) will take place in week 5. Students will be required to submit a draft version of their flow diagram and the associated feedback provided will highlight the strengths and weaknesses of the assessment in the context of the assessment brief.
A formative assessment opportunity related to the final formal exam (week 14) will occur in week 10. A mock exam experience will be scheduled and immediate feedback will be provided, led by and facilitated by an academic but it will also have a peer assessment element where students will be asked to mark anonymised answers to mock exam questions.

Summative Assessment:
The summative assessment on the module is split into two parts: course work, worth 30%; and a formal exam, worth 70%.

The course work assessment (week 7) requires students to synthesise a flow diagram representing the processes involved in ‘Acute Inflammation’ from initial insult to healing. The flow diagram will be created in presentation software such as Microsoft Office PowerPoint. This assessment will require the student to utilise and develop organisational and time management skills, to critical analyse the processes involved in acute inflammation and to link the key steps of the multiple processes of this complex response from a single starting point to a single end point (LO1).

The formal examination (week 14) will test the knowledge acquired during the module in relation to LO2, 3, 4, & 5. The students will be required to critically evaluate the immune system at the molecular level and the immune system’s contribution to disease, to reflect on the exploitation of the immune system in modern medicine and to analyse relevant numerical data. In this written examination, students will be expected to use their critical evaluation skills and write about immunology and immunological data using appropriate scientific language.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Independent Learning Guided independent study 155
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 3
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
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 70 2 14/15 HOURS= 3
Component 1 subtotal: 30
Component 2 subtotal: 70
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

The first lectures will introduce 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 the foundations of the immune system are covered, the knowledge acquired will be used 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). The 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 the lecture material delivered 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 co-ordinated processes involved in acute inflammation
LO2: Utilise a problem-solving approach to demonstrate diagnostic techniques and analyse numerical data
LO3: Evaluate the contribution of the molecular approach to the study of immunology
LO4: Provide a rationale for the involvement of the immune response in pathology
LO5: Critically reflect the use of immunotechnology in modern medicine

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BMS09100 Immunology