BIO06006 2008 MEDICAL IMMUNOLOGY
The course introduces students to the immune system as an innate and adaptive defence system that recognizes invading pathogenic organisms and mounts a response to eliminate or neutralize foreign infectious agents. Students will be introduced to the molecules, the cells and organs, and the processes involved in host defence against infection. An overview of basic principles, concepts, and techniques used to assess immune status will be presented.
On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;
Be familiar with the human immune system, including both cell-mediated and humoral responses.
Understand the distinction between the specific and non-specific response and how they function together.
Understand the structure, function and types of antibodies.
Be familiar with the different types of T cells, their response to antigens and relationship to B cells.
Understand the causes and consequences of immune system dysfunction (including Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome).
1. Introduction to the vertebrate immune system.
2. Innate and acquired immune response.
3. Antibodies: structure, types, functions.
4. Cytokines, lymphokines and chemokines.
5. The inflammatory response.
6. Immunoassay, immunodiagnosis & immunotherapy.7. Immunodeficiencies, autoimmunity and hypersensitivity.
Coursework & Assessment Breakdown
|Title||Type||Form||Percent||Week||Learning Outcomes Assessed|
|1||Continuous assessment of course work||Continuous Assessment||UNKNOWN||30 %||OnGoing||1,2|
|2||Continuous assessment of course work||Continuous Assessment||UNKNOWN||30 %||OnGoing||3,4|
|3||Continuous assessment of course work||Continuous Assessment||UNKNOWN||40 %||OnGoing||5,6|
Full Time Mode Workload
|Independent Learning||UNKNOWN||Self Study||4||Weekly||4.00|
•1. Goldsby RA, Kindt TK, Osborne BA and Kuby J (2003) Immunology, 5th Edition, W.H. Freeman and Company, New York, New York, ISBN 0-7167-4947-5.
•2. Janeway CA, Travers P, Walport M, and Shlomchik M (2001) Immunobiology, 6th Edition, Garland Publishing, New York, New York, ISBN 0-8153-3642-X.
Annual Reviews in Microbiology
Microbiology and Molecular Biology Reviews
Nature Reviews in MicrobiologyTrends in Microbiology