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C11219 Immunity, Parasites and Control of Parasitic Diseases
(Last Updated:03 May 2017)

Year  11/12

Total Credits: 10

Level: Level 1

Target Students:  Compulsory for students registered for C100/C101 Biology; C300/C301 Zoology; C400/C401 Genetics + C410/C420 Human Genetics but not restricted to them. Useful for students taking other degrees in Biochemistry and Biological Sciences.  Available to JYA/Erasmus students.
  This Module has been identified as being particularly suitable for first year students, including those from other Schools.

Taught Semesters:

Spring Assessed by end of Spring Semester 

Prerequisites: A2 Level Biology or an equivalent (e.g. Access/BTEC/International Qualification) is highly desirable. Animal Kingdom (C11119) in semester 1 is highly recommended.

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  This lecture module explores five major themes relating to infection and defence against parasitic organisms The first component will show how the immune system operates in birds and mammals, but especially in human beings The second will consider the biology of representative parasites, across a range of taxa involved in parasitism of human beings The third (which structurally will be incorporated within the above) will consider why each species has been successful, the problems of controlling infections and strategies that are effective The fourth will review the biology of free-living nematodes and their relevance/usefulness as model systems A set of 4 3h practical classes will allow students to test hypotheses relating to the first four themes, in the laboratory

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber Of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 8 weeks3 per week1 hour
Practical 4 weeks1 per week3 hours

Activities may take place every teaching week of the Semester or only in specified weeks. It is usually specified above if an activity only takes place in some weeks of a Semester

Method of Assessment: 

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Exam 1 50 MCQ examination 
Coursework 1 50 1 worksheet for practical classes 

Professor J Behnke

Education Aims:  The aim of this module is to provide an introduction to the fundamental features of the mammalian immune system, important human parasites and how they may be controlled in communities where they occur.

Learning Outcomes:  Knowledge and understanding A2. current trends and developments in Biology A3. the importance of Biology in human health and disease and its relevance to medicine and biotechnology A4. appropriate terminology, nomenclature and classification A5. genetics and evolution of living organisms A6. cell and molecular biology A7. organism structure and physiology A8. organism behaviour A9. interaction of organisms and their environment Intellectual Skills Students will be able to: B2. think independently while giving due weight to the arguments of others B3. understand complex ideas and relate them to specific problems or questions B4. acquire substantial quantities of information systematically, process it effectively, and draw appropriate conclusions Professional/Practical Skills Students will be able to: C1. carry out scientific research and evaluate and make use of the material so acquired C2. write and construct scientific documents (e.g. research reports) using appropriate styles, conventions, and terminology C3. work safely in the laboratory and assess related safety issues C4. undertake appropriate experimental design and statistical analysis C5. undertake practical experimental work using appropriate equipment and instruments C6. apply basic knowledge of practical approaches and techniques Transferable/Key Skills D1. communicate effectively in writing D3. organise and manage their working time, schedule tasks, and meet deadlines D4. use and access information and communication technology D5. reflect on and assess their own progress, strengths and weaknesses D6. manage and manipulate numerical data D7. work productively with others

Offering School:  Life Sciences

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