BIOL 236 - Immunology

Immunology -  BIOL 236

Class Meeting: Tuesday 11:00 - 13:00

Catalog Description:

A course that covers the fundamental concepts of modern immunology emphasizing on the molecular and cellular elements of the immune system, and their basic function. Topics covered include description of the immune system, antibody and T-cell receptor structure and functions, genes of the immunoglobulin superfamily, cells and molecular mediators that regulate the immune response, allergy, autoimmunity, immunodeficiency, transplantation and tumor immunity.

Course Objectives:


This course aims to provide students with an understanding of the immune system and its components, the defense mechanisms that can establish a state of immunity against infection, and Immune-related diseases.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILO’s)

Knowledge and understanding:


    K1- Define the functions of the immune system.

    K2- Distinguish between innate immunity and acquired immunity.

    K3- Understand the Structure and Function of the molecules, cells, and organs involved in Immunity.

    K4- Describe how cell mediated and antibody-mediated immunity work to protect a host from pathogenic organisms and harmful substances.

    K5- Explain how the immune system recognizes foreign antigen and the significance of self/non-self discrimination

    K6- Explain how the clonal selective theory impacts the immune system's ability to recognize millions of antigens

    K7- Understand the basics of tumor immunity.

    K8- List the Immunodeficiency diseases.

    K9- Understand Immune tolerance and principles of autoimmunity.

Intellectual abilities:

    I1- Determine the strategies that could viruses and tumor cells interfere with to decrease the presentation of viral peptides on MHC class I molecules at the surface of infected cells and the consequences of such situation on NK cells and cytotoxic T lymphocytes.

Professional and Practical competencies:

    P1- To solve problems related to Immunology.

General and Transferable Skills:

    S1- Communicate with others positively,

    S2- Think independently and access relevant literature and review information.

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