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Unit information: Advanced Immunology in 2021/22

Unit name Advanced Immunology
Unit code PANM33001
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Professor. Wuelfing
Open unit status Not open



3 from the attached level 6/H lecture units and Research Skills unit.

School/department School of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences

Description including Unit Aims

This module is focussed on immunology currently at the cutting edge of research. The unit includes: Innate immunity, Antigen processing, Immune trafficking, Peripheral CD4 T cell differentiation, Signalling and signal transduction in T and B cells, CD8 T cell responses, Positive and negative selection during thymocyte development, Central and peripheral tolerance. The topic will include a session on flow cytometry, a research paper workshop and a data handling workshop.


This unit provides in-depth coverage of the cellular and molecular events that drive immune responses. It illustrates the development and differentiation of immune cells, how the immune system processes and recognises antigens, how immune cells home to the tissues of our body where they are needed and highlights the consequences of their communications. It demonstrates that the immune system needs control and how this is achieved to avoid disease.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and understanding of current topics in innate and adaptive immunity, and of the scientific literature pertaining to the field and an ability to evaluate this literature critically.

Teaching Information

Lectures, Data Handling Session, Journal Review Session

Independent study: Students are expected to study the recommended literature.

Assessment Information

Exam to include 2 essays, one essay to be chosen from each section containing three questions.


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.