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BB40189: Vaccines and other health interventions

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2015/6
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Biology & Biochemistry
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: EX 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Examination (EX 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: Before taking this unit you must have taken suitable microbiology/immunology units from an undergraduate programme.
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
This is a challenging unit to introduce principles of microbial pathogenicity (of humans), microbial transmission and interventions that can be utilised to reduce disease. To provide an overview of the design and use of vaccines with specific examples to illustrate the points. (NOTE: Students considering taking this unit should have a specific interest in molecular aspects of microbial pathogenicity.)

Learning Outcomes:
After taking this course the student should be able to:
* Describe and explain the pathogenesis of disease caused by a number of key pathogens
* Describe and explain how and why vaccines are useful for the prevention of disease
* Describe and explain how vaccines can be developed, illustrating concepts with multiple specific examples
* Describe and explain the limitations of vaccines and difficulties in their development
* Describe and explain other interventions for reduction of infectious disease.

Learning and studying T/F/A, Written communication T/F/A, Information handling & retrieval T/F/A, Working independently T/F.

Introduction to the impact of vaccines; correlates of protection: common themes in the pathogenesis of bacterial infections; transmission of infection and strategies to reduce transmission; vaccine immunology; uses and limitations of vaccines to prevent Tuberculosis; meningococcal disease; anthrax; Streptococcus pneumoniae; Bordetella pertussis; HIV; influenza.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

BB40189 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Biology & Biochemistry
* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2015/16 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2016/17 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2015/16.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.