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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2018/9, Trimester 2, 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:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & teaching methods including their alignment to LOs
A combination of interactive lectures, tutorials, debates, problem-solving exercises and analyses (LO 1-5) will be used to provide background information and to develop scientific and employability skills. Practical classes will be aligned with the relevant lectures and tutorials and will help to consolidate the theory (LO2).

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessment will occur in tutorials and practical classes where feedback will be given ‘on the spot’ and using CeLLS project material (Collaborative e-learning in Life Sciences) project material.

Summative Assessment:
The first assessment involves design of a flow diagram ‘Acute Inflammation’ using appropriate computer software and addresses LO1. The flow diagram style requires the development of a number of different skills, in particular, organisational skills. The second assessment involves completion of laboratory reports (LO2). Finally a formal examination is used to test the knowledge, understanding and skills attained (LO 1-5). Summative assessment occurs in week 7 with a flow diagram (LO1) and the laboratory report in week 8 (LO2) and in week 14/15 with a formal exam (LO1-5).

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Independent Learning Guided independent study 160
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 2
Face To Face Lecture 16
Face To Face Tutorial 10
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
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 60 1-5 14/15 HOURS= 2, WORDS= 0
Practical Skills Assessment 20 2 8 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1000
Project - Written 20 1 7 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1000
Component 1 subtotal: 60
Component 2 subtotal: 40
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