module specification

BM7101 - Introduction to Immunology (2024/25)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2024/25
Module title Introduction to Immunology
Module level Masters (07)
Credit rating for module 10
School School of Human Sciences
Total study hours 100
0 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
100 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
In-Course Test 20%   Online Quizzes
Coursework 30%   Reflective Learning Log -PLL (1000 words)
Coursework 50%   Written Assignment - ECA (1000 words)
Running in 2024/25

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Year LMET Distance Learning Not applicable -

Module summary

This module provides an understanding and knowledge of the theory and practice of immunology. It addresses the mechanisms of the mammalian immune system in defence against disease, the consequences of inappropriate responses of the immune system, immunological disease or disorders, organ transplantation, prophylaxis and immunotherapy, and immunological techniques

Prior learning requirements



Basis of immunity: historical perspectives; self /non-self behaviour of cells; comparative immunology; components and effector mechanisms of innate and non-specific immunity; specific immunity; ontogeny of effector mechanisms for primary and secondary responses; immunoregulation; Class I and II major histocompatibility (MHC) gene products.
Pathology and immunotherapy: immune-mediated injury and disease; hypersensitivity, immunodeficiency, autoimmunity and immunopathology; tumour immunology; cancer immunotherapy; immunity to infection; transplantation immunology; immunosuppressive therapy; experimental systems and immunomodulation therapy.
Immunotechnology: hybridoma technology; monoclonal antibodies and their biochemical and medical applications; vaccine design and production.

Learning Outcomes LO 1 - 3

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

Information pertaining to the subject matter will be presented through an integrated programme of lectures and supporting exercises, together with some use of a problem-based learning approach and the guided use of student-centred learning resources.  Lectures will be used to provide a conceptual framework.  Student centred assignments will enable students to reinforce and expand their knowledge, and develop subject specific skills and competence.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of the products of immunological responses, and the mechanisms of specific and non-specific defence and show an understanding of the consequences of inappropriate responses and malfunctions in the ontogeny of immune response components through completion of the quizzes.
2. Demonstrate an ability to utilise immunological techniques as a member of a team to generate practical data to diagnose diseases and show an appreciation of current and evolving concepts in immunology and developments in immunotechnology, immunotherapy and immunoprophylaxis in the written assignment and learning log.
3. Think critically in analysing and solving immunological problems and demonstrate through the reflective learning journal that the student has reflected on their own performance as an independent professional learner


Alberts et al. (2014) Molecular Biology of the Cell Garland Science. NY.
Eales L. (2003) Immunology for Life Scientists. 2nd Ed. Wiley.
Berk A, Kaiser CA (2016) Molecular Cell Biology Freeman. NY.
Murphy K, Weaver C (2016) Janeway's Immunobiology Garland Science. NY.