Module title: Applied Immunology (Hong Kong)

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

Module code: BMS09603
Module leader: Eva Malone
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Biomedical Science


2018/9, Trimester 2, Blended,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Blended
Location of delivery: HONG KONG
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 1-6) 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). The Moodle discussion forum and formative assessments delivered via Moodle are used to encourage critical thinking and questioning. Feedback is given by local tutors during the tutorial sessions and for laboratory reports. The tutor (Hong Kong) is in liaison with the module leader during induction week (face-to-face) and throughout the duration of the module via email and Moodle.

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessment will occur in tutorials and practical classes where feedback will be given ‘on the spot’, and using multiple choice tests on Moodle

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment will involve completion of ‘in-lab’ assessments (LO2) and critical interpretation of selected scientific papers of relevance to immunology via a report and/or answering a set of questions related to the literature (LO6). Finally a formal examination is used to test the knowledge, understanding and skills attained (LOs 1-6).

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 12
Face To Face Tutorial 6
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 12
Independent Learning Guided independent study 167
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 3
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 30 6 9 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1000
Practical Skills Assessment 10 2 4 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1000
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 60 1,2,3,4,5,6 14/15 HOURS= 3, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Introduction to the immune system; Cells of the immune response, including histochemical staining; Non-specific (Innate) immunity, including complement, Toll-like receptors, NK cells; inflammation; Phagocyte killing; Specific (adaptive) immunity; Antigens and antibodies; Antibody techniques; B cell development; Antigen processing and presentation (MHC); T cell development; T cell effector mechanisms; Immune tolerance; Autoimmune disease; Transplantation; Hypersensitivity; Immunodeficiency, including AIDS; Tumour immunology & Vaccination.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Illustrate the wide range of components involved in the immune system
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, e.g. autoimmune disease
LO5: Critically reflect on the use of immunotechnology in modern medicine, e.g. vaccination
LO6: Develop analytical and critical skills through appraisal of scientific papers.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
BMS09603 Applied Immunology