Module code: BMS3054

Module Overview

A series of lectures covering the immunopathology, symptoms, treatment and diagnostic tests for range of clinically relevant diseases in the area of immunology and immunohaematology will be delivered by internal and external experts in the field.  This will include clinical immunology consultants, Biomedical Scientists and research active experts.  The focus of the coursework is on the immunopathology of infectious disease and is undertaken primarily as group work with a proportion of the marks based on individual oral and group work contribution assessment.

Module provider

School of Biosciences and Medicine

Module Leader

BODMAN-SMITH Katherine (Biosc & Med)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

JACs code: C550

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

BMS2045 Introduction to Immunology

Module content

Indicative content includes:


Immunity and Infection

Introduction to the module aims and coursework assessment

Mucosal immunity/infection

Immune responses to specific infectious diseases


Inflammatory Disease


Hypersensitivity; Allergy

Autoimmune disease

Coursework feedback sessions

Autoimmune disease: diabetes

Coursework feedback sessions


Immunohaematology, Transplantation and Cancer


Coursework feedback session

NHSBT, transfusion screening and reactions

Haemoglobinopathies and sickle cell disease

Histocompatability antigens, tissue typing  and transplantation

Haemopoetic cell transplantation

Autoimmune Haemopathies

Cancer immunology

Coursework poster session 1

Coursework poster session 2

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting

Alternative Assessment

Coursework 3000 word essay on the immunopathogenesis of a named microorganism.

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate:

  • Integration of knowledge of molecular mechanisms of the immune system with the pathogenesis of a range of infectious diseases by studying (in detail) those against a named pathogen.  Upon presentation of this work, the students have the opportunity to compare their findings with those of 8-10 other pathogens

  • Integration of knowledge of molecular mechanisms of the immune system with the pathogenesis of a range of clinically relevant immune and immunohaematological diseases/disorders through critical discussion of the above in 2 one hour extended essays (from a choice of 5)

  • Group work contribution forms part of coursework mark and allows students to reflect on their individual contribution and that of other to the poster.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • Group study of the immunopathogenesis of a particular infectious organism with the assessment based on a poster presentation by the group individuals during teaching week 10 or 11 for 4 hours

  • 2 hour examination in which students write 2 extended essays from a choice of 5

Formative assessment and feedback

  • Formative feedback is given on preparation of the coursework poster in group tutorials (available on 3-4 dates by appointment)

  • Formative feedback on examination style essay structure and content  includes class discussion of past examination questions during revision week

  • Coursework poster marks are provided by revision week 

Module aims

  • Provide students with more in depth understanding of the principles of cellular and molecular immunology by examining the immunopathology of a range of diseases of current clinical importance
  • Provide students with a deeper appreciation of the immunopathology of immunohaematology and transplantation

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the molecular and cellular events that occur during an immune response KT
2 Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the mechanisms of immune responses in infection and a range of other specific diseases KT
3 Have the ability to identify and discuss in-depth the clinical aetiology and management of immunohaematological and transplantation disorders KCPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 4

Independent Study Hours: 118

Lecture Hours: 28

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

  • Provide lectures delivered by experts in the field of immunology and immunohematology (clinical immunology consultants, Biomedical Scientists, research active immunologists/haematologists) across a range of clinically relevant immunological and immunohamatological diseases/disorders.

  • Allow integration of knowledge of molecular mechanisms of the immune system with disease pathogenesis of a range of infectious, immunological and haematological diseases/disorders.

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Lectures (2-3 hours per week)

  • Coursework feedback/feedforward sessions (by appointment)

  • Scientific meeting style poster presentation session (4 hours)

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list


Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Microbiology BSc (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Biomedical Science BSc (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Biological Sciences BSc (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Biochemistry BSc (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Biochemistry MSci (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2021/2 academic year.