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BB40086: Molecular immunology

[Page last updated: 04 August 2021]

Academic Year: 2021/2
Owning Department/School: Department of Biology & Biochemistry
Credits: 6 [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 120
Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Semester 2
Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework (CW 100%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Re-assessment Essay (where allowed by programme regulations)
Requisites: Before taking this module you are advised to take BB20024 AND take BB20027 Before taking this module you must take BB10004 AND take BB20024 AND take BB20027 or you must have taken suitable degree units from another University.
Aims: To describe the principles of particular aspects of molecular immunology.

Learning Outcomes: After taking this course the student should be able to:
* give qualitative interpretation and description of the human immune system;
* explain how this system breaks down to give various disease states;
* explain how the immune system can be used in therapy.

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

Content: Antigen processing and presentation, Tcell receptors and receptor complexes, cell adhesion, self tolerance, allergic reactions, autoimmunity, antibody engineering, therapeutic antibodies, catalytic antibodies, cancer vaccines.

Programme availability:

BB40086 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Biology & Biochemistry
  • USBB-AFB02 : BSc(Hons) Biochemistry (Year 3)
  • USBB-AKB06 : BSc(Hons) Biochemistry 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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