MSc Clinical Immunology

Year of entry: 2021

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Course unit details:
Immune Responses

Unit code MEDN61020
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Division of Medical Education
Available as a free choice unit? No

Overview

This unit provides students with a knowledge and understanding of the scientific basis of
immunity and its clinical significance in relation to infection and cancer.

Aims

The unit aims to familiarise the student with immunological processes in relation to infection
and cancer, and methods to investigate immunity. The student will also gain experience of
result interpretation in the context of immunology and infection or malignancy.

Teaching and learning methods

Seminars, lectures and tutorials supported by case based studies.

 

Knowledge and understanding

  • Understand the role of the immune system in defence against infection
  • Understand the role of the immune system in cancer and malignancy
  • Describe the design, operation and performance of the tests and assays used to investigate the immune system in defence against infection
  • Describe the design, operation and performance of the tests and assays used to investigate the immune system in cancer
  • Describe the partnership between clinical immunology and other clinical specialisms in the investigation of the immune system in infection and cancer
  • A basic knowledge and understanding of the statistical tests used in the evaluation of biomedical data both in a research and clinical setting

Intellectual skills

  • Critically analyse scientific and clinical data
  • Present scientific and clinical data appropriately
  • Formulate a critical argument
  • Evaluate scientific and clinical literature
  • Apply the knowledge of clinical immunology to address specific clinical problems

Practical skills

  • Present information clearly in the form of verbal and written reports
  • Communicate complex ideas and arguments in a clear and concise and effective manner
  • Work effectively as an individual or part of a team
  • Use conventional and electronic resources to collect, select and organise complex scientific information

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Present complex ideas in simple terms in both oral and written formats
  • Consistently operate within sphere of personal competence and level of authority
  • Manage personal workload and objectives to achieve quality of care
  • Actively seek accurate and validated information from all available sources
  • Select and apply appropriate analysis or assessment techniques and tools
  • Evaluate a wide range of data to assist with judgements and decision making
  • Interpret data and convert into knowledge for use in the clinical context of individual and groups of patients
  • Work in partnership with colleagues

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written exam 50%
Written assignment (inc essay) 50%

Feedback methods

Marks will be provided online within 3/4 weeks of assessment deadline

Study hours

Independent study hours
Independent study 150

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Joanne Pennock Unit coordinator

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