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Kursussøgning, efter- og videreuddannelse

Cellular and Molecular Immunology

Practical information
Study year 2016/2017
Time
Block 4
Programme level Bachelor
ECTS 7,5 ECTS
Course responsible
  • Lars Hviid (6-706c7a6d6d684477797268326f7932686f)
  • Department of International Health, Immunology and Microbiology
Course number: SMOA09008U

Course content

The aim of the course is to give an introduction and overview of the cellular and molecular basis of the immune system. This is achieved by an introduction to the nomenclature of immunology and the components of the immune system. During the course, several lectures will describe the different types of immune responses and their general properties including the fundamental principles that govern the immune responses. The anatomic, cellular, molecular organization and structure-function relationship is described.
Main topics included in the course are:
1. Recognition of antigens.
2. Maturation, activation and regulation of lymphocytes.
3. Effector mechanisms of immune responses.
4. The immune system in diseases.
During the course cutting edge papers will be discussed, as well as cases with clinical immunological relevance. Basic immunological techniques will be presented during laboratory exercises.

 

 

Learning outcome

Overall theoretical and practical understanding of the principles of cellular and molecular processes forming the basis of the immune response should be obtained. The knowledge should provide the student with competencies to participate in biomedical research projects, and participate in courses aiming at more specific areas within immunology.

The student shall have obtained the following learning outcomes :

Knowledge: (the student will be able to)

  • Describe the anatomy and functions of various lymphoid organs
  • Explain in detail the immunological mechanisms in innate and adaptive immune responses
  • Explain in detail the immunological mechanisms in cellular vs humoral immune responses
  • Explain in detail the immunological mechanisms in hypersensitivity disorders, allergy, autoimmunity, immunodeficiencies, infectious immunology, vaccinology, tumorimmunology, transplantation immunology
  • Explain the mechanisms of action for common immunotherapeutic drugs
  • Insight into common laboratory techniques in immunology

 

Skills: (the student will be able to)

  • Participate in discussion and research related to immunological problems in relation to basic and applied immunology
  • Suggest and perform a relevant analysis of immunological components and their role in various diseases
  • Apply immunological insight to experimental laboratory techniques in-vitro or in-vivo model within immunology research.

 

Competences: (the student will obtain these general competences)

  • Will be able to analyse and discuss experimentel results and analysis used by researchers in the field of immunology
  • Will be able to suggest and initiate relevant research tools for projects within immunology
  • Can contribute to interdisciplinary projects involving basic research and clinical research within immunology

Recommended prerequisites

Open to students in Molecular Biomedicine, Biochemistry and Biology that have passed all first year and half of second year courses corresponding to 90 ECTS-points.

Education

BSc Programme in Molecular Biomedicine

Studyboard

Study Board of Biomolecular Sciences and Technology

Duration

1 block

Schedulegroup

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Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, group discussion and laboratory exercises

Capacity

50 participants

Language

English

Literature

Cellular and Molecular Immunology by Abul K Abbas et al. Latest edition

Workload

Category Hours
Lectures 24
Class Instruction 10
Exam 1
Preparation 163
Exercises 8
English 206

Exam

Type of assessment

Oral examination, 30 minutes
30 minutes oral exam with 30 minutes preparation time (under invigilance).
The examination will be based upon the curriculum from the text book, as well as the laboratory exercises, clinical cases and papers presented throughout the course.

Aid

All aids allowed

Marking scale

7-point grading scale

Criteria for exam assessment

To achieve the maximum grade of 12, the student shall be able to:

  • Explain in detail the anatomy and functions of various lymphoid organs
  • Explain in detail the immunological mechanisms in innate and adaptive immune responses
  • Explain in detail the immunological mechanisms in cellular vs humoral immune responses
  • Explain in detail the immunological mechanisms in hypersensitivity disorders, allergy, autoimmunity, immunodeficiencies, infectious immunology, vaccinology, tumorimmunology, transplantation immunology
  • Explain the mechanisms of action for common immunotherapeutic drugs
  • Provide insight into common laboratory techniques in immunology
  • Analyse and discuss immunological mechanisms in common diseases
  • Provide insight into mechanisms involved in various immunodeficiences
  • Analyse and discuss experimentel results and analysis used by researchers in the field of immunology

Censorship form

No external censorship
Several internal examiners/co-examiners

Exam period

Week 25, 2014

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