Infection and Immunity - BIOS5050

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2022 to 2023
Spring Term 5 15 (7.5) Elisabeth Curling checkmark-circle


This module will consider the anatomy and function of the immune system and immunopathology and then consider the diseases and microorganisms that affect the different organs and tissues of the human body. Indicative topics will include inflammation, innate and adaptive immunity to pathogens, immune defence mechanisms against bacterial, viral and parasitic infections, antibody classes and functions, antigen processing and presentation, complement, the generation of antibody diversity, cell communication and immunopathology, including autoimmunity, hypersensitivity and transplant rejection. In the medical microbiology section of the module, indicative topics will include epidemiology, virology, parasitology, fungal infections, skin infections, GI tract infections, CNS infections, respiratory tract infections, UTI and STD infections.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 26
Private study hours: 124
Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

Immunology assessment, 1500 words (22.5%)
Lab Practical Report (22.5%)
Examination, 2 hr (55%)

Indicative reading

Murphy, K., Janeway's Immunobiology, 9th Edition, Garland Science, 2017
Owen, Punt and Stranford, Kuby Immunology, 8th Edition, Macmillan, 2019
Mims' Medical Microbiology, 6th Edition, Mosby, 2019

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
Have a knowledge and understanding of:

The major immune system functions and components, how cell-cell communication controls immune responsiveness to infectious agents and immunopathology.
Microorganisms of medical importance and the diseases they cause.
How the spread of disease occurs in the human population.
Experimental procedures in handling and identifying bacteria in samples provided to the students during the practical class.
Microbiological and immunological techniques used to identify pathogens and immune cells
Methods of data acquisition analysis and presentation as evidenced by the practical report assessment.

The intended generic learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
Have a knowledge and understanding of:

Interpretation and retrieval of relevant information.
Analysis and evaluation of data.
Written communication skills.


  1. Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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