Module code: BMS3104

Module Overview

In this module you will use the knowledge and fundamental principle of immunology acquired in the previous year to study how the immune system actually functions in a range of physiological and pathological situations. This will allow a dive into translational immunology, as well as an insight into comparative immunology between animal species specifiities.

Module provider

School of Biosciences

Module Leader

ROLLIER Christine (Biosciences)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

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

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 82

Seminar Hours: 22

Tutorial Hours: 2

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

BMS2045 Introduction to Immunology

Module content

Indicative content includes the following themes focused on animal & veterinary immunology and One Health.

  • Effector responses, and technologies to measure the innate & adaptive immunity in quantitative and qualitative aspects, including the role of genetic studies

  • Immune dysfunctions such as allergies (hypersensitivities)

  • Specifics of cancer immunology

  • Impact of the immune system at different phases of life and in different physiological aspects

  • Responses to infectious diseases, systemic and mucosal.

  • Vaccine development

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework Course work with oral presentation 40
Examination Online Exam (2 Hours) 60

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate a detailed knowledge of immunology applied to veterinary bioscience and animal science.

The summative assessment for this module consists of a course work presented orally, as well as an exam.

Formative assessment and feedback will be provided throughout with examples of exam type questions that will be discussed. In addition, students will be provided with feedback on their performance with the coursework, which will teach them to explore and master a topic of applied immunology.

Module aims

  • This module aims to provide a clear understanding of different functions of the immune system of animals, in physiological and pathological processes, as well as how the immune system can be harnessed in biotechnologies.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Describe the species specific immune systems K
002 Explain how the immune system of animals compares to that of humans K
003 Understand the basics of veterinary immuno-pathology K
004 The students will acquire knowledge and examples of how the immune system influences infectious and non-infectious disease, and its importance in all phases of life and in several physiological processes in animals. K
005 The students will have the opportunity to explore how the immune system can be harnessed in biotechnologies and notably vaccine development for veterinary use. K
006 Communicate effectively orally and in written work. They will also gain cutting edge information on the most used techniques to characterize immune responses in different species, as well as insight into cutting-edge technologies. K
007 Evaluate considerations relating to veterinary immunology C
008 Evaluate considerations relating to veterinary immuno-pathology C
009 Work independently demonstrating initiative, self-organisation and time management T
010 Participate in group discussions and on group assignments T
011 Investigate and analyse problems T
012 Integrate numerical & non-numerical information T

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to develop independent thinking and analytical skills.

The learning and teaching methods include lectures / seminars, class tutorials and small group sessions with possibility for debate and workshops, revision tutorials

The contact time is expected to be between around 24 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
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Other information


Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Biological Sciences BSc (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Veterinary Biosciences BSc (Hons) 1 Compulsory 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 2022/3 academic year.