Life Sciences

Immunology in Health and Disease

Module code: C7121
Level 6
15 credits in autumn teaching
Teaching method: Lecture, Workshop
Assessment modes: Unseen examination, Coursework

In this module, there will be an emphasis on the experimental applications of immunology, important for clinical procedures and for basic research. For example, the module will outline methods for the analysis of antigen expression on cells, for the study of hypersensitivity reactions, for cell-mediated cytotoxicity, for vaccine production and clinical analysis of their effects. Also, the development of diagnostic and therapeutic strategies against cancer, graft rejection and autoimmune diseases will be discussed.

Module learning outcomes

  • To discuss the ways in which our understanding of immunology has helped in the development of clinical application of immunological procedures, such as vaccination, transplantation, induction of peripheral tolerance for the treatment of autoimmunity and transplant rejection.
  • To discuss the way by which our understanding of immunology has helped in recognising and describing immunophathologies such as hypersensitivity, autoimmunity, immunodeficiencies, tumours and the host response to infectious diseases.
  • To critically evaluate cellular immunology experimental data.
  • Source material from both primary and secondary literature and be able to present a coherent scientific argument based upon this.