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CI4MA3 Monoclonal antibodies
(Last Updated:03 May 2017)

Year  17/18

Total Credits: 20

Level: Level 4

Target Students:  Compulsory for all MSc Cancer Immunology and Biotechnology students

Taught Semesters:

Spring Assessed by end of Spring Semester 

Prerequisites: None.

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  A series of lectures providing information on the structure and function of antibodies, affinity maturation, generation of monoclonal antibodies, their diagnostic uses as well as clinical trials involving antibodies and the future uses of antibody therapy in cancer prevention.

Method and Frequency of Class:
Specific Activities are not listed
Further Activity Details:
9 lectures (9 x 2 hours)

Method of Assessment: 

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Coursework 1 30 1500 word essay 
Inclass Exam 1 (Written) 70 2 hours 

Professor L Durrant
Dr R McIntosh
Dr M Vankemmelbeke

Education Aims:  To gain knowledge in development and use of monoclonal antibodies in cancer prevention/ therapy.

Learning Outcomes:  Knowledge and understanding: describe the generation of monoclonal antibodies, their current vaccine use and their possible future use. Intellectual skills: the ability to apply the skills needed for academic study and enquiry; evaluate scientific research and evidence critically; synthesise information from a number of sources in order to gain understanding of current scientific literature; develop skill necessary for independent research; analyse, evaluate and interpret scientific data. Professional/ practical skills: articulate knowledge and understanding of tumour immunology; carry out research (learn how to perform an ELISA); evaluate and criticise scientific research papers; develop writing skills necessary for industry and academia. Transferable/ key skills: structure and communicate ideas effectively in writing; manage time and work to deadlines; work independently; participate constructively in groups; find information and use information technology; be self reliant; critically analyse scientific literature.

Offering School:  Medicine

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