Teaching plan for the course unit

 

 

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General information

 

Course unit name: Immunology

Course unit code: 365378

Academic year: 2020-2021

Coordinator: Annabel Valledor Fernandez

Department: Department of Cell Biology, Physiology and Immunology

Credits: 6

Single program: S

 

 

Estimated learning time

Total number of hours 150

 

Face-to-face and/or online activities

50

 

-  Lecture

Face-to-face

 

28

 

-  Laboratory session

Face-to-face

 

18

 

-  Seminar

Face-to-face

 

4

Supervised project

40

Independent learning

60

 

 

Competences to be gained during study

 

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CG2. Capacity for learning and responsibility (capacity for analysis and synthesis, to adopt global perspectives and to apply knowledge in practice, and capacity to take decisions and adapt to new situations).

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CB3. Ability to gather and interpret relevant data (usually within the field of study) to inform judgements that include reflection on relevant social, scientific or ethical issues.

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CB2. Capacity to apply knowledge and understanding in a manner that indicates a professional approach to the work or vocation, and have competences typically demonstrated through devising and sustaining arguments and solving problems within the field of study.

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CE16. Capacity to provide reasoned explanations of the concept and general characteristics of disease, the mechanisms through which diseases develop, the personal and constitutional aspects of pathological reactions, the different types of diseases, the respective mechanisms of distribution, and the dynamic structure of different diseases, and a familiarity with the principal methods for the study and diagnosis of diseases, including epidemiology

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CE18. Capacity to apply electronic, instrumental, analytical and molecular techniques and to work safely in a laboratory environment

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CE12. Understanding of and ability to describe the structure, function and mechanisms of action of the principal components of the immune system, including congenital and acquired immunity and their regulation, and ability to identify pathological conditions and abnormal immune function in deficiencies or self-harm, infections and cancer.

Learning objectives

 

Referring to knowledge

Know the elements of the immune system and the mechanisms that control the coordinated response. The principles of experimentation on which the study of immunology is based are explained.

 

 

Teaching blocks

 

1. General properties of immune system responses
2. Immune system cells
3. Functional anatomy of lymphoid tissues
4. Innate immunity
5. Molecules of innate immunity
6. Antibodies and antigens
7. Major histocompatibility complex (MHC); Structure and function
8. Antigen processing and antigen presentation to T-lymphocytes
9. T-cell antigen receptors
10. Maturation of the lymphocytes and expression of antigen receptors genes
11. Activation of T-lymphocytes
12. Activation of B-lymphocytes and antibody production
13. Effector mechanisms of cell immunity
14. Effector mechanisms of humoral immunity
15. Regulation of the immune response; Immune tolerance
16. Laboratory practice

 

 

Teaching methods and general organization

 

Theory sessions consist of lectures and teaching innovation activities (inverse classes, problem-based learning and debate forums).

The teaching methodology may be modified in the event of restrictions to attendance established by the health authorities.

 

 

Official assessment of learning outcomes

 

  • Continuous assessment exams (30% of the final grade).
  • A final examination at the end of the semester (55% of the final grade) and a practical exam (15% of the final grade).


Exams consist of multiple-choice questions. The final exam includes short-answer questions.

A minimum grade of 5 out of 10, obtained from the sum of the marks for the continuous assessment exams (maximum 3 points), the final exam (maximum 5.5 points) and the practical exam (maximum 1.5 points), is required to pass the subject. 

Attendance of practical sessions is mandatory.

The assessment procedure may be modified in the event of restrictions to attendance established by the health authorities.

 

Examination-based assessment

Students who choose to follow single assessment must take a final examination of multiple-choice questions and short-answer questions (85% of the final grade) and a practical exam (15% of the final grade).

A minimum grade of 5 out of 10, obtained from the sum of the marks for the continuous assessment exams (maximum 8,5 points) and the practical exam (maximum 1.5 points), is required to pass the subject. 

Attendance of practical sessions is mandatory.

The assessment procedure may be modified in the event of restrictions to attendance established by the health authorities.