The course will introduce mammalian immune systems. This will include insight into how complex organisms defend themselves against pathogenic microbes, parasites and viruses. The evolution of immunity and the never-ending arms race between potential hosts and microbes. How adaptive immunity develops and functions. How innate immune systems function and how these two immune systems are linked and regulated. Cells of the immune system, central molecules and pathways. The course will also cover topics of autoimmunity, allergy, immune defects and tumor immunology relating to human health and disease. The course will also give a brief introduction to immune systems in non-mammalian organisms and application of immunology in drug development and in the biopharmaceutical industry.
BSc Programme in Biochemistry
BSc Programme in Biology
BSc Programme in Molecular Biomedicine
The present course will focus on understanding the key elements in the development, activation and regulation of mammalian and non-mammalian immune systems.
The students will get a solid understanding of mammalian immunology and innate immunity in a spectra of species. This will include: Insight into how complex organisms defend themselves against intruders; the evolution of immunity and the never ending arms race between potential hosts and microbes; how adaptive immunity develops and functions; how innate immune systems functions; and how these immune systems are linked and regulated; Autoimmunity, allergy, immune defects and tumor immunology.
Through lectures, seminars, laboratory exercises and presentation of original literature, the students will be highly qualified to join research groups that works with all aspects of immunity. Invited speakers from the biopharmaceutical industry will teach students about application possibilities and drug development.
Lectures, seminars, laboratory exercises, reading and presentation of original literature.
Open to Science-, Life- and Pharma-students of Biochemistry, Biology, Nanotechnology and Molecular Biomedicine or equivalent. It is recommended that the student have passed all first year courses and half of the second year courses (corresponding to a total of 90 ECTS-points) of their curriculum.
Individual feedback is given during class in response to questions and individual presentations of primary literature. Individual feedback on practical skills is given during laboratory exercises. Group feedback on progress on the acquired knowledge, skills and competences is given through evaluation in a multiple choice tests.
- 15 ECTS
- Type of assessment
Written examination, 4 hours under invigilation
- Type of assessment details
- Without aids
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
Two internal examiners.
Criteria for exam assessment
In order to obtain the grade 12 the student should convincingly and accurately demonstrate the knowledge, skills and competences described under Learning Outcome.
Single subject courses (day)
- Class Instruction
- Theory exercises
- Practical exercises
- Project work
- Course number
- 15 ECTS
- Programme level
- Block 2
Outside timetable structure
The number of seats may be reduced in the late registration period
- Study Board for the Biological Area
- Department of Biology
- Faculty of Science
- Michael Lisby (6-7f7e7b85748b52747b81407d8740767d)
- Morten Petersen (6-857a87867d8152747b81407d8740767d)
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