Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Infection and Immunity
Academic Year
Semester 1
Reading List
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Experimental Design  1500 Words  50%
Semester Exam 3 Hours   Exam  50%
Supplementary Assessment Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to failure of the module.  40%
Supplementary Exam 3 Hours   Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to failure of the module.  60%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Describe key aspects of animal immunology, bacteriology, virology and parasitology, both at the molecular and applied level

2. Evaluate data on the etiology, pathogenesis, treatment and prevention of infectious and immunological diseases in animals.

3. Explain and discuss means of disease diagnosis and control, with particular reference to current research.

Brief description

A series of approximately 20 lectures (3-6 Immunology, 3-6 Bacteriology, 3-6 Virology, and 3-6 Parasitology)
The aims of the module are:
To investigate in detail animal immunology, bacteriology, virology and parasitology both at the molecular and applied level.
To apply this knowledge to animal disease, and so understand disease etiology, pathogenesis, treatment
and prevention.
To understand the principles of disease diagnosis and control.


This module will considering the following areas:
Key components of the immune system.
Immunological aspects of infection.
Principles, merits and limitations of vaccinations.
Principles of integrated programmes for the control of parasites.
Principles governing the selection of appropriate anthelmintics.
Approaches used for the isolation and identification of bacterial and viral pathogens.
Means by which bacteria and viruses are able to cause disease.
Procedures for the diagnosis and treatment of bacterial and viral infections.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number
Communication Developing and assessing written communication will be an integral part of the assessment for this module through the delivery of an experimental design and exam.
Improving own Learning and Performance
Personal Development and Career planning Students will have a large choice in the area which is covered by their experimental plan, as such this will allow them to begin to specialize in areas of specific interest linked to their future career plans.
Problem solving
Research skills Students will be expected to demonstrate significant literature research skills in preparation for their experimental design.
Subject Specific Skills Practical skills developed through a parasite practical
Subject Specific Skills Principles of diagnosing, treating and preventing disease.
Team work Group seminar work will develop team work skills.


This module is at CQFW Level 7