BMOL30090 Immunology

Academic Year 2024/2025

Immunology involves the study of the immune system and is a very important and exciting branch of biological science and medical science. The Immune system protects us from infections but if the immune system does not function correctly, it can lead to inflammatory diseases, autoimmune diseases, allergy or cancer.
This module will examine the components of the immune system and the roles of immune cells, antibodies, T-cell receptors and MHC molecules in the immune response. Topics will also include mechanisms of immunity, including mechanisms of innate immunity, antigen presentation, cell cooperation in the antibody response, cell-mediated toxicity, and regulation of the immune response. In addition, topics such as defence against infectious agents, vaccination, autoimmunity, hypersensitivity, transplant and inflammation will be covered.
The scheduled practicals for this module are timetabled from 3 to 5:50 on Friday evenings in weeks 7 to 10.

Show/hide contentOpenClose All

Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this module, students will be able to:
1. Describe the elements of the immune response.
2. Describe innate immunity and antigen receptors.
3. Explain lymophocyte activation, relevant control mechanisms and T-cell regulation.
4. Apply their knowledge of the immune system to immunological diseases, malignant disease, infection and vaccines.
5. Discuss immunological methods and their applications.
6. Analyse and interpret ELISA and Flow cytometry data

Indicative Module Content:

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours




Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Face to face lectures
In-class laboratory practicals
Task-based learning
Critical writing
Critical analysis
Class discussion
Group work
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Recommendations:


Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade

Not yet recorded.

Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Online automated feedback

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback will be given to each student on their practical reports. Group feedback on practical reports and mid term exam will also be provided Online automated feedback will be provided

Janeway's Immunobiology 9th Edition by Murphy & Weaver (Garland Science)
Name Role
Dr Colm Collins Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr David Hughes Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Mario Manresa Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Chaoying Ma Tutor
Ms Roisin O'Connor Tutor
Dr Greg Tsolkas Tutor