Subject Descriptions - Subject Information


Calendar: 2017 Undergraduate
Faculty: Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health
Department: School of Biological Sciences



Subject Information
Subject Code BIOL321
Subject Name Infection and Immunity
Credit Points 8
Pre-Requisites BIOL320
Co-Requisites Nil
Restrictions Nil
Equivalence Nil
Assessment Practical Project Report 1 (antimicrobials) 10%; Written Assignment 15%; Practical Project Report 2 (antibody project) 15%; Practical Workbook 10%; Final Theory Exam 50%.
General Subject Yes.

Subject Description
This is a third year (senior) undergraduate subject intended to provide students in the BSc and BMedBiotech degrees with an understanding of leading edge aspects of microbial pathogens, the immune system, and the ways in which the immune system defends the body against pathogens. It extends understanding gained during BIOL320 (Molecular Cell Biology) and is a specified "core" subject for the BMedBiotech degree. This subject will survey the major groups of microbial pathogens before examining the multiple facets of the immune system in humans. The interactions between pathogens and the immune system will be explored, both in theory and as an integrated part of the practical exercises. Technological advances in immunology and immunochemistry that have made major impacts on modern biotechnology will also be studied, including monoclonal and "humanized" antibodies, and recombinant vaccines.


Subject Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students will be able to:
1. Discuss many of the theoretical principles underlying microbial pathology and cellular and molecular immunology;
2. Describe the nature and detail of interactions between microbial pathogens and the immune system;
3. Discuss and apply a variety of microbiological and immunological techniques;
4. Demonstrate a respect for animals, and an understanding of the importance of appropriate controls when designing immunological experiments;
5. Demonstrate ability to work in a group towards a common goal.

Extra Information
Generic Extra Information:
NOTE: The use of animals, animal tissues or animal-derived products (such as sera) is inherent and unavoidable, in order to achieve specific learning objectives. Students with conscientious objections to that use should not enrol in this subject. Practical classes begin in Week 1.