10 Credits AUTUMN

Pre-requisites: An A Level in Biology is required as the content assumes some prior knowledge of the subject. We would recommend that this is at a grade of B or above but would consider students on an individual basis. Not open to BMS students.

Aims/Description: This unit aims to introduce students to the key mechanisms and their interplay that underlie the disease process. Students will learn about microbial pathogens that cause infection, the inflammatory response and the role of the immune system in fighting disease. Students will also gain insight into the genetic and environmental basis of disease with special reference being made to cancer. Teaching and learning will take place in a formal lecture environment and will be supported by web-based materials. Assessment will be by formal examination.

Teaching Methods: Lectures, Tutorials, Independent Study
Assessment: Classroom testing

Information on the department responsible for this unit (Biomedical Science):

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Teaching methods and assessment displayed on this page are indicative for 2021-22. Students will be informed by the academic department of any changes made necessary by the ongoing pandemic.

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