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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

Faculty/College

Faculty of Health

Unit aim

Extends students' knowledge of the immune system, including concepts of innate and acquired immune responses and how specificity and diversity develops. Provides foundations in haematology and transfusion science, including blood cell development, haemostasis, coagulation and transfusion reactions.

Unit content

  • Foundation concepts of the immune system, including innate and adaptive immunity
  • Foundation concepts of immunohaematology, including haematopoiesis, haemostasis and coagulation
  • Structure and function of the complement system and immune receptors, including B cell receptors, antibody, T cell receptors and the major histocompatibility complex (MHC)
  • Humoral and cellular immunity, including B and T cell development, activation, differentiation and memory, with an understanding of the signalling molecules involved
  • The development of tolerance, and the importance of ABO and MHC cross-matching in tissue transplantation
  • Disorders of the immune system, including an overview of allergy, hypersensitivity, chronic inflammation, autoimmunity and immunodeficiency 
  • Immune responses to infectious diseases and an overview of vaccine development

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1 discuss immune system development, innate and adaptive immunity, and the generation of immune memory and tolerance
2 outline blood cell development, including different cell types and their roles in haemostasis and coagulation
3 describe the major histocompatibility complex molecules, their gene subtypes,and their importance in tissue transplantation
4 explain immune cell activation, including the influence different groups of antigen have on this process, and on vaccine development
5 compare and contrast dysfunctions of the immune system
6 generate, present and critically analyse experimental immunological data to solve scientific problems in the biomedical setting

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. discuss immune system development, innate and adaptive immunity, and the generation of immune memory and tolerance
  2. outline blood cell development, including different cell types and their roles in haemostasis and coagulation
  3. describe the major histocompatibility complex molecules, their gene subtypes,and their importance in tissue transplantation
  4. explain immune cell activation, including the influence different groups of antigen have on this process, and on vaccine development
  5. compare and contrast dysfunctions of the immune system
  6. generate, present and critically analyse experimental immunological data to solve scientific problems in the biomedical setting

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.