Infection & Immunity (Science Option) - LABS5030

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Year 5 15 (7.5) Angela Stokes checkmark-circle


A synopsis of the curriculum

• The major micro-organisms responsible for infectious disease in humans
• Routes of entry and host defences
• Pathogenicity and modes of transmission
• The role of the immune system: Defence of the realm
• The components and function of the immune system – humoral and cell mediated immunity; innate and acquired immunity, antibody-antigen interactions
• Immunisation and vaccination programmes as modern Public Health control measures
• When things go wrong: allergy, autoimmunity, immunodeficiency and transplant rejection


Contact hours

Blended distance learning:

Contact Hours: 110
Private Study Hours: 40
Total Study Hours: 150

Method of assessment

Portfolio 30% - composed of 5 individual assignments where topics are applied to the workplace
Assignments 20% - 2 Assignments
2 hr Exam 50% - MCQs (20%) and standard-length questions (30%)
The pass mark for each individual assessment is 40%. All assessments must be passed in order to pass the module.

Indicative reading

Playfair, J., and Chain, B., Immunology at a Glance (9th. ed.), Blackwell, Oxford, 2005.

Playfair, J., and Bancroft, G., Inection and Immunity, (3rd. ed.) Blackwell, Oxford, 2008.

Robson, A., and Roitt, I., Really Essential Immunology, Blackwell, Oxford, 2005.

Wood, P., Understanding Immunology, Pearson, Cambridge, 2006.

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
Demonstrate an understanding of the nature of infectious diseases, their transmission and spread.
Develop an understanding of the elements of the immune system in terms of the body's response to infection.
Appreciate the consequences of immune responses.
Demonstrate an understanding of the methods used to manipulate the immune response: and appreciate the role of immunisation and vaccination programmes.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
Analyse, evaluate and correctly interpret data.
Present and communicate data effectively.
Obtain and use information from a variety of sources as part of self-directed learning.
Display time-management and organisational skills within the context of self-directed learning.


  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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