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Undergraduate Course: Clinical Immunology & Haematology 3B (MSBM09004)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Biomedical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryClinical Immunology & Haematology 3B is a Junior Honours course designed to prepare BSc Biomedical Sciences students and BSc Biological Sciences students for their Senior Honours programmes. The aims of this course are to demonstrate, through lectures and other learning environments, how the immune system develops, prevents infectious diseases and interacts with other bodily systems to limit or cause tissue damage. The course will give students a good grounding in theoretical and practical aspects of immunology and haematology with an emphasis on aspects of clinical immunology. During the course diseases involving the immune system will be used to illustrate its normal function. The course includes sections on haematology and stem cell origins of the haematopoietic/immune systems, acute and chronic inflammation, autoimmunity, allergy, transplantation, immune responses to infectious disease including vaccination and HIV infection. Material covering forensics, oncology and cytology will be included to relate the main content in a wider and applied context.

The lecture programme will run for 11 weeks and will be base around the discipline of Clinical Immunology but introductory session to cover haematology and basic immunology. There will be a practical session related to haematology. Tutorial will be based on published scientific papers and case studies. Working in groups, students will produce a Wiki based on a subject relating to the course content.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed The Dynamic Cell 2 (BILG08009) AND Genes and Gene Action 2 (BILG08003) AND Microorganisms, Infection and Immunity 2 (BIME08012)
Co-requisites Students MUST also take: Immunology 3 (BILG09007)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 25, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 7, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 4, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 158 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 60 %, Coursework 30 %, Practical Exam 10 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Degree Examination (60%)
Practical Report (10%)
Group Online Wiki (30%)
Feedback Feedback will be provided for the in-course assessments and, upon request, for the degree examination.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)9:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. During this course students should: Obtain detailed knowledge (and information on where to find it) of human immune and haematopoietic system cells and molecules, and of advanced human disease-related topics which prepare the student for Honours in Medical Sciences and allied subjects.
  2. Understand how changes to the normal physiology of immune and haematopoietic systems can underlie human diseases and disorders.
  3. Improve their knowledge of how to read and appraise relevant scientific literature: practical skills; and, data interpretation skills.
  4. Develop their ability to work as a team member and to critically appraise the efforts of others.
  5. Improve their computer and written information presentation skills, including the ability to research a topic in depth and contribute to the production of a well-constructed educational online wiki.
Reading List
There is no general textbook that covers the whole Clinical Immunology & Haematology 3 course. You should read lecture handouts (provided electronically on Learn) in conjunction with recommended references given during lectures etc., and assume that all material formally presented in the course is examinable. However, the following textbooks contain basic information on much of the course and are available in the library in multiple copies:

Murphy K et al. Janeway's Immunobiology 7th Edition or 8th Edition.

Geha R and Notarangelo L. Case Studies in Immunology: A Clinical Companion.

Walker BR et al. (2006) Davidson's Principles and Practice of Medicine, 20th Edition. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone.

Individual lecturers will also recommend parts of other textbooks, general reviews or interesting articles for you to consult for more specific detail.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Course organiserDr Philip Spence
Tel: (0131 6)50 5455
Course secretaryMiss Sam Fisher
Tel: (0131 6)50 3160
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