Courses Catalogue

Immunology

COURSE CODE: MCB 1205
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 2
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Clinical Medicine and Community Health, Diploma
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: School of Allied Health Sciences
STATUS: Core
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Description

Immunology is the study of the immune system in both healthy and diseased states. It includes the study of how the body fights infections from bacteria and viruses, and the development of medical interventions to treat and prevent diseases. This course gives fundamentals to immunology and concentrates on the main types of immunity, the particular cells and organs of the immune system, antigens and antibodies and interaction between them, complement system and its activation.

Course Justification
Immunology is the study of the immune system in both healthy and diseased states. It includes the study of how the body fights infections from bacteria and viruses, and the development of medical interventions to treat and prevent diseases. The study of immunology is critical to human health and survival. It is at the cutting edge of medical science and has led to some key healthcare advances of recent times, including vaccination and cancer immunotherapy. Immunologists are developing new treatments to some of the major diseases affecting mankind, including infectious diseases (such as influenza and Ebola), autoimmune conditions (such as type 1 diabetes) and a variety of cancers. The clinical officer trainee 

Course Aim
The science of Immunology encompasses the study of the development, anatomy functions and malfunctions of the immune system, all of which are of fundamental importance to the understanding of human disease.

Course Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the immunology course, students would be able to:
a)      Differentiate between innate and adaptive immunity, and explain the main defense lines as well as biological barriers to infections.
b)      Illustrate the cell types and organs involved in the  process of the immune response.
c)      Describe antigens immunogens antibodies as well as the interaction between them.
d)     Employ antigen Antibody interaction to conduct different immunological and serological tests in the laboratory.
e)      Interpret the complement system, components, their roles, activation pathways and their  biological roles
f)       Relate the roles and importance of cytokines with immune responses in both health and disease conditions.
g)      Illustrate  the  adverse effects of the immune system including Allergy and hypersensitivity
h)      Interpret the important immunologic disorders, and the principles of autoimmunity.
Relate between immunologic disorders and tumor, immunization vaccination and its role in protection against disease