BMOL30090 Immunology

Academic Year 2019/2020

This module builds on the material covered in Stage 2 (Metabolism, Infection and Immunity BMOL20080). It will examine the components of the immune system and the roles of antibodies, complement, T-cell receptors and MHC molecules in the immune response. Topics will also include mechanisms of immunity, including mechanisms of innate immunity, antigen presentation, cell cooperation in the antibody response, cell-mediated toxicity, and regulation of the immune response. In addition, topics such as defence against infectious agents, vaccination, autoimmunity, hypersensitivity and inflammation will be covered.
The practicals for this module are timetabled from 3 to 5:50 on Friday evenings in weeks 7 to 10. Anyone registering for thi smodule should be available for the duration of the labs in these weeks.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this module, students will be able to:
1. Describe the elements of the immune response.
2. Describe innate immunity and antigen receptors.
3. Explain lymophocyte activation, relevant control mechanisms and T-cell regulation.
4. Apply their knowledge of the immune system to immunological diseases, malignant disease, infection and vaccines.
5. Discuss immunological methods and their applications.
6. Analyse and interpret ELISA and Flow cytometry data

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours




Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Face to face lectures
In-class laboratory practicals
Task-based learning
Critical writing
Critical analysis
Class discussion
Group work
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Recommendations:


Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.  
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: Practical reports and tests Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Examination: Written examination 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Graded Yes


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Online automated feedback

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback will be given to each student on their practical reports. Group feedback on practical reports and mid term exam will also be provided Online automated feedback will be provided

Janeway's Immunobiology 9th Edition by Murphy & Weaver (Garland Science)
Name Role
Dr Colm Collins Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Carmel Hensey Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Cormac Taylor Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Ms Roisin O'Connor Tutor
Dr Greg Tsolkas Tutor
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.  
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Thurs 14:00 - 14:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Wed 15:00 - 15:50
Practical Offering 1 Week(s) - 7, 8, 9, 10 Fri 15:00 - 17:50