Core Module Information
Module title: Advanced Immunology

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: BMS11100
Module leader: Lorna Proudfoot
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Biomedical Science

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

Description of module content:

In this module you will gain a comprehensive and detailed understanding of the cells, molecules and functions of the human immune system. You will learn about the role of the immune system in diseases such as autoimmune disorders and allergy. You will also learn about immunotechnology aspects including blood typing, transplantation, monoclonal antibodies and vaccines, illustrating the value of immunology in diagnosis and therapeutics.

The innate and adaptive immune responses; the cellular and molecular components of the immune system; inflammation and vaccine adjuvants; role of dendritic cells and pattern recognition receptors (PRRs); antigen processing and presentation; role of B and T cells in immune responses; immunological techniques e.g. flow cytometry and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA); immune tolerance and autoimmune disease; transplantation; tumour immunology; hypersensitivity; Monoclonal antibodies and therapeutics.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Evaluate the cellular and molecular components of the immune system.
LO2: Critically assess the importance of applications of immunology to an understanding of human health and disease.
LO3: Critically explore the immunopathological basis of disease.
LO4: Evaluate current immunology research papers.
LO5: Critically appraise contemporary immunological techniques and understand their applications in diagnosis of disease and in research.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2020/1, 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: Lorna Proudfoot
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
A combination of interactive lectures, tutorials, debates, problem-solving exercises and analyses (LO 1-5) and discussions of current research studies will be used to provide background information and to develop scientific and employability skills.
Four employability skills are embedded and assessed: a) Technical skills - students conduct "wet" laboratory experiments where numeracy and critical evaluation of results are developed b) written communication skills - assessed in the group poster, laboratory reports and in the class test c) IT - students use computer skills to produce an individual piece of coursework, and d) Teamworking – assessed through the group posters. Time management is an essential element of all of these assessments.
Reference to original research will be made in lectures and data from research papers will be used in tutorials. A range of relevant examples, from different areas of the world and different cultures, are used throughout the module
The module is supported by a VLE (Moodle) which is used to provide class materials (including lectures, tutorials, workshops and laboratory classes), resource such as animations, videos, direct links to relevant web-based resource, e:submission of all coursework, self-assessment test, interactive teaching resource, and independent study materials to cover expected prior-learning. Reflecting the discipline, students use a wide range of technology to accomplish laboratory work and in silico analysis.

Formative Assessment:
Formative feedback occurs throughout the module in lecture, tutorials and laboratory practicals where feedback is given ‘on the spot’ and using multiple choice tests on Moodle/ VLE. Formative feedforward for the Group poster is supported by a Confident Futures session “Knowing yourself, and others” on team-working. Regular interactions during lectures and tutorials provides formative feedback and feedforward for the class test; and the three lab sessions provide formative opportunities to pick up skills which are summatively assessed in the mini project coursework.

Summative Assessment:
The first assessment is a group poster presentation designed to promote an understanding of the innate immune response in the context of the discovery and mechanism of action of vaccine adjuvants (LO1, 2 and 4) (weeks 4 & 6). The second assessment is a supervised class test used to test students’ individual knowledge, understanding and skills attained (LOs 1-4) (week 11). The third assessment is a mini project which assesses practical skills and ability to interpret biological data (LO5) (week 13).

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 14
Face To Face Tutorial 10
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 28
Independent Learning Guided independent study 148
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Poster 35 1,2 4 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1000
Class Test 35 1-4 11 HOURS= 2, WORDS= 0
Practical Skills Assessment 30 5 13 HOURS= 3, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 70
Component 2 subtotal: 30
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
BMS11100 Advanced Immunology