Module title: Cellular and Molecular Immunology

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

Module code: BMS10106
Module leader: Janis MacCallum
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Biomedical Science

BMS09100 Immunology

2019/0, 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: Janis MacCallum
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
This module will be taught through a series of online lectures (LOs: 1-4), face-to-face tutorials (LOs: 1-4) including debate, and problem-solving exercises. Tutorials are aligned with relevant lectures in order to consolidate theory. Students will develop an awareness of contemporary immunological techniques, therapies and data interpretation through working on their critical synthesis and on group tasks for the weekly tutorial sessions.

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessment occurs during the lectures, tutorials and debates, which are designed to prepare students for the summative assessments and encourage deeper learning. Each of the topics covered by the online lecture material is further interrogated via set tasks, which the students will address within their study groups. During the tutorial sessions, peer feedback and feedback from the lecturer will be provided on what they have produced and discussion undertaken on how this could be developed further. Each of these topics will appear as a potential exam question, based around what was discussed in more detail within the tutorials, and students will be expected to use these sessions for the purposes of deeper learning, and obtaining feedback on their progress.
A session on critical analysis skills/writing a convincing proposal will be provided (week 8/9) where a short draft of their article synthesis will be examined to provide a specific opportunity for feedback on their progress during the middle of the module, and this will be followed up by 1-1 feedback (via WebEx or Skype where appropriate) on their full draft closer to the submission date.
At the beginning of the trimester, students will be (re)introduced to the idea of using feedback from previous work to inform their future work, with marks and scripts from the level 9 Immunology exam as a part of this. They will be encouraged to action plan for the work of the module and their assessments.

Summative Assessment:
The coursework requires students to engage with materials online, in tutorials, and within study groups (Learning log LOs1-3) and develops skills in literature searching, appraisal and scientific writing skills (article synthesis LO 4). Marks for the learning log will be determined by interaction with the website; participation at tutorial sessions and preparation of tutorial work; and interaction within study groups (Peer assessed). Summative assessment will be via a research article synthesis (1200 words LO4) handed in in week 11, and a formal exam (2 hours LOs 1-4) in week 14/15.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Online Lecture 12
Face To Face Tutorial 24
Independent Learning Guided independent study 150
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 2
Independent Learning Guided independent study 12
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Learning Log 20 1,2 & 3 12 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Essay 30 4 11 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1200
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 50 1,2,3 & 4 1 HOURS= 2, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

You will explore the cells and molecules of the human immune system and the role of the immune system in health and disease. You will explore the complex cellular interactions and intracellular signalling pathways which enable the immune system to respond to foreign antigens and protect the individual from infectious disease. You will also learn how parasitic infections and cancers are capable of modulating the immune system, and how the Immune system can affect the outcomes of transplantation or be manipulated by stem cell therapy. Furthermore, your scientific writing skills and ability to critique scientific research in immunology and interpret complex data will be developed from both debates on current issues, and assessments.
Specific topics will include the following: Interpreting scientific claims in the media. Cancer immunology and cancer therapies. TOLL, TLRs and defence against bacterial infection. Influenza virus infection. Stem cell therapy. Immune signalling and neuromodulation. Neutrophils and their contribution to host defence. Transplant Immunology. Immunomoregulation by parasites. Critique of scientific research. Synthesis of research articles.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Appraise the cellular and molecular pathways involved in immune regulation.
LO2: Critically reflect on the immunological basis of disease and resulting modulation of immune responses.
LO3: Compare and contrast therapeutic approaches against conditions affecting the immune system, or based on manipulating immune responses
LO4: Critically appraise and analyse scientific research in immunology.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
BMS10106 Cellular and Molecular Immunology