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Undergraduate Course: Immunology Research Project (IMMU10014)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Biological Sciences CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
Course typeDissertation AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits60 ECTS Credits30
SummaryLaboratory project preparation work begins in Semester 1, with a series of weekly online activities dealing with practical skills in Immunology, (Experimental Immunology, a 10-point component of the 60-point project). This project component covers methods and techniques that are crucial to modern experimental immunology and will be examined by an open-book paper analysis assessment in January (assessment for 2021/22 under course code IMMU10009: Immunology Synoptic Exam). Students will be allocated projects early in Semester 1 and will prepare a 2,000-word project literature review, to be handed in by the end of January.

The majority of time during Semester 2 will be occupied by the individual research project (a wide variety of topics are on offer). The work will be written up as a project report, and this together with the project literature review, the experimental immunology test, and a project presentation will make up 50% of the 4th year mark.
Course description This is part of the Immunology Honours project. It takes the form of online learning activities, and discussion sessions on commonly used immunological techniques, such as ELISA, in vivo adoptive transfer, flow cytometry and cell sorting (FACS), plus lectures on experimental design, statistics, bioinformatics and computational immunology.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Immunology 3 (BILG09007) AND ( Molecular Genetics 3 (BILG09002) OR Clinical Immunology & Haematology 3B (MSBM09004) OR Medical Microbiology 3 (BIME09002))
Co-requisites Students MUST also take: Experimental Immunology (IMMU10015) AND Molecular and Cellular Immunology (IMMU10016)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 600 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 12, Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 250, Online Activities 60, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 3, Formative Assessment Hours 3, Summative Assessment Hours 5, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 12, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 255 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 1. Literature Review (Critical analysis): 10 credits - Literature review of 2,000 words.
2. Laboratory or Library Research Project Report: 40 credits - written dissertation of up to 8000 words.
3. Research Project presentation: 4 credits - Oral presentation.
4. Project performance: 6 credits - Assessment of performance during Laboratory or Library Research Project.
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. The research project carried out over 11 weeks provides an opportunity to investigate a problem and to attempt to answer specific questions that will advance understanding in a specific area of immunology.
  2. Key to this is the technical and practical skills acquired from the research group to which the student is assigned
  3. Solving technical problems and designing good experiments develops personal effectiveness and enquiry skills.
  4. Working alongside PhD students and postdoctoral fellows and under a senior supervisor develops skills in personal effectiveness and working in a group.
  5. The final stages of the project in which results are collated and the project written up involves intellectual autonomy, knowledge and understanding and communication. The writing and presentation skills acquired during the compilation of the project dissertation will improve communication skills.
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Course organiserDr Matthew Taylor
Tel: (0131 6)51 3625
Course secretaryMr Tim MacDonald
Tel: (0131 6)51 7296
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