4.5 credits

Syllabus, Bachelor's level, 3KB031

A revised version of the syllabus is available.
Education cycle
First cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
Biomedicine G1F, Medical Science G1F
Grading system
Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
Finalised by
The Educational Board of Medicine, 26 March 2015
Responsible department
Department of Medical Biochemistry and Microbiology

Entry requirements

Biochemistry 7 credits (course code) - Anatomy 8 credits (course code) - Cell- and Molecular biology 15 credits (course code) - or corresponding courses.

Learning outcomes

The course should provide basic knowledge of immunology with regard to the importance of the immune system in medicine.

On completion of the course the student is expected to be able to:

Account for the different haematopoietic cells within the immune system and haematopoiesis.

Describe innate immunity and how it differs from the adaptive immune defence.

Describe structure and function of lymphoid organs (for example bone marrow, thymus, lymph nodes and spleen).

Describe antigen-antibody interaction, how antibodies are formed with regard to specificity and classes, and the function or the antibody classes.

Account for the different Fc- receptor classes and structure and their role for the immune system.

Describe the development and function of B- and T-lymphocytes.

Account for properties and function of mast cells.

Describe fundamental properties of cytokines and cytokine receptors and the biological function of the most well known cytokines.

Describe the structure and function of MHC-molecules and their role in antigen presentation.

Account for the complement system and its role for immunity.

Describe the fundamental immunological mechanisms behind allergy and autoimmunity.

Describe immunological techniques.




The teaching involves lectures, group assignments and laboratory practicals. Attendance is mandatory for group assignments and laboratory practicals.


To receive a pass on the course, all compulsory parts and a passed individual written examination are required.

Possibility to repeat failed laboratory session can be given at the earliest at next course and only in case of a vacancy.

Students who have not passed the examination have the right to repeat the examination 4 additional times (= total 5 examinations). During special circumstances, the programme committee may allow additional examinations. Submission of aso-called blank exam is counted as an examination.