*Application of Immunological techniques in Parasitology

posted Mar 31, 2014, 8:15 AM by Medical Parasitology Department   [ updated Apr 4, 2014, 6:08 AM ]

Aim:

To develop an understanding and skills in a range of techniques currently used in immuno-parasitology.

Intended learning outcomes (ILOs):

By the end of this module students should be able to:

1.      Describe the theory, practice and development of a range of techniques currently used in immuno-parasitology;

2.      Demonstrate or/and perform a range of appropriate techniques in the laboratory

3.      Interpret and present experimental data in an appropriate scientific format.

4.      Critically analyse a scientific research related to immunoparasitology.


Importance of the program:

Theoretical information about the different immunological techniques is not enough for the post graduate students who are really in need of not only demonstration of different techniques but also application of some of them whenever possible. This program will facilitate their learning process and help them to analyse immunological parameters in recent researches.

Program regulation and outline:

This program is designed for students with a basic knowledge of immunology (prerequisite for joining this program). Practical work forms the major element of the program and so students should be motivated for learning technical skills.   The student will perform some techniques whenever possible otherwise, demonstration will be done. The extensive laboratory time involves in formal teaching and provides good opportunities for discussion of some problems or areas of specific interest.

Main topics:

Principals and values of different techniques currently used in immuno-parasitology;

-   Immunoelectrophoresis techniques

-   Immunoblot technique

-   ELISA techniques

-   Immuno- florescence techniques

-   Indirect haemagglutation and other agglutination techniques

-   Immunohistochemistry

Teaching Strategy:

The program is mainly practical, intended to develop laboratory skills in a number of areas of up to date immuno-parasitology. The program will be managed through the following teaching methods:

o   Theoretical lectures

o   Practical sessions  with interactive discussions

o   Critical analysis and appraisal of scientific researches  related to immunoparasitology

Learning Time:

This program depends mainly on practical sessions with few theoretical lectures and the learning time is designed as follows;

o    Lecture represents 20% of the learning time and 40% is for practical sessions (contact time is 60%). 

o   20 % is for directed self-study and self-directed learning.

o   The remaining 20% is specified for assessment, review and revision.

Assessment:

Assessment will be based on a written report, in scientific paper format, on one of the practical sessions. Some consideration will be given to the quality of data provided.

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