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Kursussøgning, efter- og videreuddannelse

Principal Subject in Immunology and Metabolism 1

Practical information
Study year 2016/2017
Block 1
Programme level Full Degree Master
Course responsible
  • Pia Kiilerich (10-726d6b6b6e67746b656a42646b71306d7730666d)
  • Department of Biology
Course number: NBIK13019U

Course content

The course deals with the establishment of the innate and adaptive immune system, and how the interaction between the genome of the organism and the metagenome (the microbiota – the assembly of bacteria/microorganisms on and in an organism) regulates the development of the immune system, and how this interaction affects whole body metabolism. The course is based on novel peer-reviewed articles supplemented with reviews. Teaching comprises overview lectures by the teacher followed by presentation of articles by the students. During each teaching session, about three original articles will be discussed. Each of these articles is presented by one student, and the other students will prepare questions for the presentations. Thus, all students participate actively in the discussion of each article.

Learning outcome


During this course module, the student will acquire knowledge of:

  • How the innate and adaptive immune systems develop and function.
  • How establishment of the innate and adaptive immune systems are regulated by the genome and metagenome of the organism.
  • How the genome affects the metagenome and how this interaction regulates the immune system.
  • How the immune system and the metagenome affect whole body metabolism and energy balance.


During this course module, the student will acquire the following skills.

  • Reading of and understanding complicated articles within the topics of the course.
  • Critical evaluation of data.
  • Best practice for succinct and accurate presentation of articles and data.


During this course module, the student will acquire the following competences.

  • The ability to combine diverse types of information and understand complex correlation – also between different scientific disciplines and topics.
  • The ability to formulate succinct and constructive criticism of presentations and results.


The teaching is open to MSc-students of biochemistry. Other MSc-students may be admitted, but priority will be given to MSc-students in biochemistry. Only one of the principal subjects (Immunology, Molecular Cell Biology, Molecular Genetics, Molecular Microbiology or Protein Chemistry) can be chosen. All modules (1, 2 and 3) must be within the same principal subject. It is mandatory for MSc-students of biochemistry to follow one of the principal subjects.

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MSc Programme in Biochemistry
MSc Programme in Molecular Biomedicine


Study Board of Biomolecular Sciences and Technology

Course type

Single subject courses (day)


1 block


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Teaching and learning methods

The teaching takes the form of student colloquia and discussions based on reading of original research articles and data.






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Category Hours
Preparation 178
Colloquia 19
Guidance 9
English 206


Type of assessment

Continuous assessment
The course is approved/not approved by the teachers on the basis of active participation (continuous evaluation). The criteria for active participation are 1)
the student has satisfactorily presented at least two seminars to fellow students during the course and 2) has participated actively with relevant questions/comments in at least 7 of the 9 sessions.

Marking scale

passed/not passed

Criteria for exam assessment

Active participation. See under " Type of assessment".

Censorship form

No external censorship
One internal examiner.


If the student is eligible for evaluation but has not fulfilled the requirements for active participation, the student can present a seminar of 45 minutes in a subject decided by the teacher.

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