Principal Subject in Immunology and Metabolism 1

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.


MSc Programme in Biochemistry
MSc Programme in Molecular Biomedicine

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

See Absalon.

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.

Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Peer feedback (Students give each other feedback)
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Continuous assessment
Active participation during the course. The criteria for active participation is
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 (80%).
All aids allowed
Marking scale
passed/not passed
Censorship form
No external censorship
One internal examiner.
Criteria for exam assessment

1) See learning outcome

2) Active participation. See Type of Assessment

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Preparation
  • 178
  • Colloquia
  • 19
  • Guidance
  • 9
  • English
  • 206