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BB30063: Vaccines and other health interventions

[Page last updated: 15 October 2020]

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2020/1
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Biology & Biochemistry
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
Further information on unit levels Level: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 2
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 module you are advised to take BB20027 OR take BB20202 OR take BB20224
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:

BB30063 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Biology & Biochemistry
  • USBB-AFB03 : BSc(Hons) Biology (Year 3)
  • USBB-AKB07 : BSc(Hons) Biology with Professional Placement (Year 4)
  • UXXX-AFB11 : BSc(Hons) Biomedical Sciences (Year 3)
  • UXXX-AKB11 : BSc(Hons) Biomedical Sciences with Professional Placement (Year 4)
  • USBB-AKB08 : BSc(Hons) Molecular and Cellular Biology with Professional Placement (Year 4)


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