Module title: Immunology (Sri Lanka)

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

Module code: BMS09800
Module leader: Lorna Proudfoot
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Biomedical Science


2019/0, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: SRI LANKA
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Lorna Proudfoot
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 is in liaison with the module leader throughout the duration of the module via email and Moodle.

Embedding of employability/PDP/Scholarship Skills
Three employability skills are embedded and assessed: a) Technical skills – students conduct “wet” laboratory experiments, involving immunological techniques (LO2) b) written communication skills – assessed in the laboratory reports (LO2) c) IT – students use specific software to produce an individual piece of coursework (LO1).

Research / teaching linkages
Reference to original research will be made in lectures and data from research papers will be used in tutorials.

Supporting equality and diversity
Materials are provided in Moodle to ensure they are available to all students.

A range of relevant examples, from different areas of the world and

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 (LO1-6).

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 16
Face To Face Tutorial 10
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 12
Independent Learning Guided independent study 160
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 2
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:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
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.

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