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BS317 - Advanced Immunology

  • Module code: BS317
  • Module name: Advanced Immunology
  • Department: School of Life Sciences
  • Credit: 12

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The module focuses on molecular mechanisms by which the immune system protects the host from infectious agents. Apart from presenting key components of the immune system, insight is provided in strategies of invading pathogens to counteract the host defense. Frequently, these result in failure of their elimination and in diseases due to loss of immunological control. The module builds on the phenomena learnt in the immunology modules of years 1 and 2 (BS127 and BS211), providing more detail on underlying mechanisms and incorporating molecular and cell biological aspects. In addition, new topics, such as natural immunity, dendritic cells, and the mutual interaction between the immune system and key classes of microorganisms (viruses, bacteria, parasites) will be discussed.

Principal learning outcomes

Familiarity with the major topics of the module should be achieved, i.e. students should gain a thorough understanding of the structure and interactions of immunologically important molecules and cells that contribute to protection from various microbes. This should enable them to grasp the major concepts of natural and acquired immunity. Students should learn to access and extract up-to-date reviews in immunology and should gain sufficient background knowledge to permit them to initiate research careers in Immunology, Virology, Microbiology and related areas.

Timetabled teaching activities

Term 1, Weeks 1-10

Departmental link

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/lifesci/intranet/teach/3rdyr/lectures/bs317/

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
12 CATS (Module code: BS317-12)
D (Assessed/examined work) Assessed Presentation 20%
  1.5 hour examination (April) 80%
VA (Visiting students only) 100% locally examined (part year only) visiting 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core
  • Undergraduate Biological Sciences (C107) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Biological Sciences (with Intercalated Year) (C110) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Medical Microbiology and Virology (MBio) (C1A4) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Biological Sciences (with Intercalated Year) (C523) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Medical Microbiology and Virology (C526) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Medical Microbiology and Virology with Intercalated Year (C527) - Year 4
Optional Core

N/A

Optional
  • Undergraduate Biological Sciences (C100) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Biological Sciences (with Intercalated Year) (C101) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Biological Sciences (C102) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Biological Sciences (C103) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Biological Sciences (C104) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Biological Sciences (C105) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Biological Sciences (with Intercalated Year) (C108) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Biological Sciences (with Intercalated Year) (C109) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Biological Sciences (with Intercalated Year) (C111) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Biological Sciences (MBio) (C1A1) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Biochemistry (MBio) (C1A2) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Biomedical Science (MBio) (C1A3) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Biological Sciences with Industrial Placement (MBio) (C1A5) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Biochemistry with Industrial Placement (MBio) (C1A6) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Biomedical Science with Industrial Placement (MBio) (C1A7) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Biomedical Science (C1B9) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Biological Sciences (with Intercalated Year) (C521) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Biochemistry (C700) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Biochemistry (with Intercalated Year) (C701) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Biomedical Science with Intercalated Year (CB19) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Chemical Biology MChem with Intercalated Year (F1C1) - Year 5
  • MChem Chemical Biology (FC11) - Year 4