CMBS1109 Fundamentals of Immunology (4 cr)

Study level:
Advanced studies
Grading scale:
English, Finnish
Responsible organisation:
Department of Biological and Environmental Science
Curriculum periods:
2020-2021, 2021-2022, 2022-2023


Seminar style discussion that presents the field of immunology from a view-point of the host's interaction with its environment. Current case studies will be adopted in a problem-base learning environment that illustrate in a clinical context essential points about the mechanisms of immunity.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to explain the properties of antigens/immunogens and provide a detailed overview of the properties & functions of the molecules, cells, tissues & organs of the immune system. She/he will be able to describe (i) concepts of innate and adaptive immunity, (ii) differences between hypersensitivity and autoimmunity as well as (iii) immunological methods used in the laboratory.

Additional information

This course will implement problem-based learning strategies so the student adopts skills in problem solving and critical thinking. These strategies will allow students to develop the ability to think critically, analyze problems, find and use appropriate learning resources. Use of current case studies in immunology, lecture series and interactive discussions will be the modes of instructions.

Description of prerequisites

Student should have an understanding of basics in biology.

Study materials

Coico, Richard, and Geoffrey Sunshine. Immunology : A Short Course, John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated, 2015. ProQuest Ebook Central,

Completion methods

Method 1

Time of teaching:
Period 2, Period 1, Period 3, Period 4, Period 5
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Parts of the completion methods

Exam (4 cr)

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