Immunology module (BS32009)

Learn how our immune system protects us against infection

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What you will learn

In this module you will:

  • understand the innate immune system's rapid response to detect and eliminate invading microorganisms
  • explore how foreign material derived from microorganisms is processed and presented to immune cells to drive effective immune response
  • gain knowledge about lymphocytes in the adaptive immune system, their development, activation, and role in long-term immunity
  • learn how the immune system produces antibodies and how these proteins combat bacteria and viruses
  • examine immune system memory and its significance in vaccine effectiveness

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • have an appreciation of the importance of the immune system for good health, and the problems that occur when it does not function properly, for example in immunodeficiency, autoimmune diseases, and allergy
  • demonstrate skill in problem-solving and analysis of scientific data, and learn from real-life settings using patient case studies

Assignments / assessment

  • workshop-based assessments
  • end of module examination

The module is assessed by coursework consisting of two workshop-based assessments where you will answer questions on a range of patient case studies, plus an end of module examination.

Teaching methods

  • lectures
  • workshops
  • question and answer recap sessions
  • online quizzes

Learning material is provided through review notes, lecture videos, examples, and quizzes to check your learning as you go along.


This module is available on following courses: