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Unit information: Disease and Defence in 2021/22

Unit name Disease and Defence
Unit code PANM10002
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Kafienah
Open unit status Not open
Pre-requisites

None

Co-requisites

None

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

Description including Unit Aims

Basic principles of pathogenesis and how these relate to the development of specific human diseases. Use of gross pathology and histopathology in the investigation of human disease.

The unit demonstrates the basic principles of pathogenesis and how studies of gross pathology and histopathology are used in the investigation of human disease. It will give practical experience of some experimental approaches to understanding pathological processes and provide a foundation for higher level studies of disease processes. The unit introduces how the body defends against disease, describing the components of the immune system and how the immune response works. It is delivered using a series of integrated lectures, tutorials and laboratory sessions supported by on line resources.

Unit aims:

To provide students with information about:

  1. The basic principles of pathogenesis and how these relate to the development of specific human diseases.
  2. How experimental studies have defined the mechanisms underlying pathological processes.
  3. The structure and function of the immune system.
  4. How studies of gross pathology and histopathology are used in the investigation of human disease.

To teach students skills including:

  1. Experimental techniques in immunology.
  2. Data interpretation.
  3. The ability to recognise pathological processes at the gross and cellular level.
  4. Written and oral presentation.

Intended Learning Outcomes

At the end of the unit a successful student will be able to:

  1. Define classes of disease.
  2. Describe the structure and function of the immune system.
  3. Define genetic disease.
  4. Recognise environmental disease.
  5. Describe cell damage.
  6. Describe inflammation and repair.
  7. Describe thrombosis and blood coagulation.
  8. List examples of how these processes relate to specific human diseases.
  9. Recognise pathological processes at the gross and cellular level.
  10. Explain how these processes relate to the development of specific human diseases.
  11. Understand and describe experimental methods in immunology.
  12. Interpret data.
  13. Present scientific information and arguments in written and oral form.
  14. Undertake the further study of disease processes at Level 5 and 6.

Teaching Information

Online delivery of Lectures and exercises

Tutorials

Practicals and/or online practicals supported by eBiolabs

Assessment Information

Oral presentation (20%)

eBiolabs pre­lab quizzes, post­lab assignments and completed practical sheets (10%)

Mid unit test (10%)

Examination (summer) (60%)

The examinations will cover learning outcomes 1-­10, 12­-13.

The assessment via eBiolabs and the practical book will assess learning outcomes 9-­13.

The oral presentation will cover learning outcome 13 and any from 1­-10.

Formative assessment:

For formative purposes students will receive feedback as follows:

Oral presentations will be marked and subject to verbal feedback during the tutorial and a written feedback sheet provided.

Electronic feedback will be provided for the pre­lab and postlab work via eBiolabs.

Feedback during practical classes will be provided by staff and demonstrators.

Unit assessment marks will be provided and feedback session will be given by the Unit Director.

A breakdown of marks for the summer exams will be provided and additional feedback will be provided by the Unit Director on request.

Resources

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If you are unable to access a list through Blackboard, you can also find it via the Resource Lists homepage. Search for the list by the unit name or code (e.g. PANM10002).

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.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

Assessment
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.

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