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BB40086: Molecular immunology

[Page last updated: 02 August 2022]

Academic Year: 2022/23
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
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.

Aims: To describe the principles of particular aspects of molecular immunology.

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


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