Module title: Immunotechnology [Hong Kong]

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

Module code: BMS11606
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

2020/1, Trimester 1, BLENDED,
Occurrence: 003
Primary mode of delivery: BLENDED
Location of delivery: HONG KONG
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Lorna Proudfoot
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The module uses a student-centred approach supported by a combination of a self-study pack, lectures, tutorials and VLE/Moodle. The self-study pack will contain interactive problem solving exercises, guided reading and analysis that facilitates the achievement of LOs 1-5. Discussions and analysis of current research studies will also cover LOs 2, 4 and 5.
The information literacy fostered in this module is a key employability skill for life science postgraduates. Current research papers are used throughout the module and the application of immunology to research and industry are key themes. The module is designed with international research and industry at its core and will therefore use many examples gained from immunology and biotechnology around the globe.

Learning outcomes 4 and 5 are directly related to workplace skills and will add to students’ employability. Scientific writing is also practised in the essay component of the assessment and is an important skill. The use of a student-centred LTA approach enables student to control their learning experience and allows students to practise important organisation and time-management skills

The module is supported by a VLE (Moodle) which is used to provide class materials (including lectures, tutorials/workshops), resource such as animations, videos, direct links to relevant web-based resource, e:submission of all coursework, self-assessment tests, interactive teaching resource, and independent study materials to cover expected prior-learning.

Formative Assessment:
A group presentation on the clinical application of techniques is designed as a formative task for the assessments in this module, for which the students receive instant verbal feedback from the tutors. Formative feedback is also provided in tutorials. Discussion is encouraged throughout the module and in particular during tutorials and workshops, which include for example highly interactive sessions exploring specific clinical trials. Students will use the feedback received on the essay, in their preparation for the exam.

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment is via an essay (LOs 2-4) and formal examination (LOs 1-5).

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 12
Face To Face Tutorial 13
Online Groupwork (Scheduled) 3
Online Groupwork (Independent Study) 8
Online Guided independent study 15
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 3
Independent Learning Guided independent study 146
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 40 2 & 4 8 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1500
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 60 1,2,3,4 & 5 14/15 HOURS= 3, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

In this module you will gain an understanding of the cells, molecules and functions of the vertebrate immune system. You will learn about blood typing, transplantation, monoclonal antibodies and vaccines, illustrating how immunology may be exploited for research, diagnosis and therapeutics. The module will cover 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:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
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 use of antibodies in research, diagnostics and therapeutics.
LO4: Evaluate current immunotechnology research papers.
LO5: Critically appraise contemporary immunological techniques and understand their applications in diagnosis of disease and in research.

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