Immunology is the study of defence mechanisms that protect individuals against infections and cancers. Studies in immunology are leading to advances in clinical medicine, including understanding allergies, transplant rejection, cancer and autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis and insulin-dependent diabetes, as well as the development of new vaccines. This unit of study will provide an understanding of the components and functions of the immune system at the molecular and cellular level, the mechanisms of pathological immune processes and immune system dysfunction, mechanisms of immune responses to microorganisms and immunological techniques used in clinical diagnostic and research laboratories. The unit components will be delivered so as to develop skills in problem-solving, evaluation of scientific literature, and oral and written communication. Lectures will provide an overview of the immune system and an update of fundamental facts. Problem/case-based scenarios together with invited guest/specialized lectures, hands-on practical work, literature research and group discussions ('tutorials') will provide in-depth analysis of particular chosen topics.
2x1hr lectures/week and/or tutorials or seminars/week
Progressive assessment (50%) including written, practical, and oral based assessment tasks as well as 1x 2hr formal examination (50%).
Abul K Abbas, Andrew H Lichtman and Shiv Pillai. Basic Immunology: Functions and Disorders of the Immune System. 4th 5th Ed. 2016. Although this is the recommended text, other texts are equally sound. We suggest you discuss with the unit coordinator, Dr Palendira, before making a textbook purchase.
Undergraduate immunology, undergraduate bacteriology and virology; basic concepts of epidemiology