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Unit information: Infection, Immunology and Immunity in 2016/17

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Unit name Infection, Immunology and Immunity
Unit code PANMM0015
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Professor. Wuelfing
Open unit status Open




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

Description including Unit Aims

The Unit consists of 20 lectures that cover a variety of topics within the general area of infection, immunology and immunity. The Unit will begin with a series of lectures that introduce the general area of research and a variety of relevant experimental techniques. These will be followed by lectures describing the nature of the immune response, its role in controlling infectious disease especially at mucosal surfaces and the mechanisms underlying autoimmune diseases. The unit will provide coverage of the immune system and teach the nature of host immune responses to bacteria, viruses and parasites and the mechanisms they have evolved to evade the host’s immune response. There will be coverage of pathogenesis of infectious and autoimmune disease and the strategies of vaccination used to treat and prevent human infection.

Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of the Unit the students should be able to describe a variety of relevant experimental techniques and their applications in the general areas of infection and immunity. The students should also be able to demonstrate understanding of a variety of specialist topics at the forefront of infection and immunology research.

Teaching Information


Assessment Information

A 150 minute examination with MCQ-based short answer questions marked electronically combined with essay questions.

Reading and References

Selected relevant research papers.