Infection and Immunity

Kingston University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Infection and Immunity

  • Host University

    Kingston University

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    Biology, Microbiology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    ? For Study Options 1 and 2, successful completion of introductory university-level
    module about genes/tissues such as LS4001 or similar.
    ? For Study Option 3, in addition to LS4001 or similar, study of microbiology
    (equivalent to the Autumn semester content show below.

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course Content:

    This module provides an opportunity to learn more about the structure and function of
    microbiological agents in health and disease and the immunological responses raised as a
    consequence by the human body.

    Through the lectures a number of microbiological processes will be examined along with
    methods of controlling the organisms responsible in the laboratory environment as well
    as within a patient.

    Students will also become familiar with the different cells and organs of the immune
    system and how these function and interact to protect the body from infection. The
    module also introduces some of the molecular processes and signalling events that are
    important in communication between cells of the human immune system.

    Autumn Semester content summary: general properties of microorganisms including
    safe working practices/genetic manipulation. Normal flora, viral agents, sources and
    routes of infection plus virulence factors. Control through disinfection, sterilisation,
    chemotherapy and vaccination.

    Topics covered may include:
    ? Review of the general physical properties of micro-organisms
    ? Safe working practices and current legislation including that relating to genetic
    ? The normal microbial flora of man and animals; it?s potential to act as a source of
    human infection
    ? Viral agents of infection; an introduction to viral infections in humans
    ? Transmission of infection
    ? Virulence factors of micro-organisms:
    o adhesion to the host, overcoming immunity, exotoxins
    o endotoxins, immunopathological damage
    ? Control of micro-organisms: asepsis, disinfection, sterilisation, chemotherapy,

    Spring Semester content summary: Organs, cells and tissues in the human immune
    system; innate and acquired immunity (cell types involved, their production,
    inflammation, cytokines, inflammatory mediators) antibiody structure and function.
    Serological techniques, concept of HLA.
    ? Organs, tissues and cells involved in the human immune system
    ? Innate Immunity ? Granulocytes, macrophages, and phagocytosis; complement
    and complement mediated defences. Inflammation and role of cytokines,
    chemokines and inflammatory mediators in this response
    ? Acquired immunity ? Function, maturation and activation of B and T
    lymphocytes. Mechanisms underlying specific lymphocyte activation. Antibody
    structure and function. The role of immunoglobulin and cell mediated immune
    ? The immunology laboratory ? Standard serological techniques involving
    precipitation, agglutination, enzyme linked assays, antibody-based techniques
    and cellular techniques

    Teaching: Lectures, tutorials, workshops and practical sessions

    ? Exam: short essay style questions (60%)
    ? Practical: MCQ test based upon a microbiology practical (20%)
    ? Coursework: written report from an immunological practical (20%)
    ? Assessment of practical (50%)
    ? subject MCQ (50%)
    ? Assessment of practical (50%)
    ? subject MCQ (50%)

    Study Option 1 = Whole Year
    Study Option 2 = Autumn
    Study Option 3 = Spring/summer

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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