Human Immunobiology

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codeHUIMM303
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish.
  • Resources

Objectives and Content

The course covers the main areas of immunology, with special focus on the role in health and disease.

Subject Overlap

The course is overlapping with HUIMM903 and MOL212.

Teaching Methods and Extent of Organized Teaching

In general, lectures from February to May, every Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:15-14:00,

with exam in May/June. A detailed program is prepared prior to start of course.

Please contact the course coordinator Karl Brokstad for more information.

Semester of Instruction


Level of Study

Master students or students at equal/similar level

with background: biology, medicine, odontology, pharmacy.

Place of Instruction

Lab. building / BB-building at

Haukeland University Hospital.

Learning Outcomes

* Knowledge

After completing the course the student should be able to:

- Recognize the main types of cells, tissues, signal molecules and bioactive factors (components), which the immune system is comprised of.

- Outline the development and maturation process of immune competent cells.

- Understand the basic mechanisms for how the immune system becomes activated and responds to stimuli e.g. infections or tissue damage.

- Have knowledge about the basic principles for defence and fight against infections. Present methods/treatment that can strengthen the immunity against infectious agents (e.g. vaccination).

- Account for main groups of diseases related to a failing immune system (auto immunity, allergy and immune deficiency) and describe in general the disease processes.

- Outline methods for treatment of immune related diseases and symptoms.

* Skills

- Describe how immunological methods can be used in biological and medical research.

- Apply the immunological knowledge to own research project.

* General Competence

- Obtain a general knowledge of how the immune system work in health and disease.

- To be able to distinguish the immunological component in a variety of complex health issues.

- Understand the importance of using immunological knowledge in both prevention and combating diseases.

Required Previous Knowledge

- The student should be at graduate level (having a BSc or equivalent)

-No knowledge immunology is needed, but advantageous

-Basic knowledge of human biology

Recommended Previous Knowledge

- None, but basic cell biology and immunological knowledge is advantageous.

Reading List

Mitt UiB will be covered by lectures and the text book:

Abbas, Lichtman and Pillai. Cellular and Molecular Immunology. 7th Edition, 2011, Saunders Elsevier, ISBN 978-1-4377-1528-6.

Alternative text book (Norwegian): Bogen and Munthe. Immunologi 2. Utg, 2007, Universitetsforlaget, Olso, ISBN 978-8-2150-1093-9.

Forms of Assessment

Written Exam(4 hours)

Grading Scale

A - F.


Contact Information

Course Coordinator: Karl Albert Brokstad, E-mail: karl.brokstad@uib.no

Adm. E-mail: studie@kliniskmedisin.uib.no or Elin.Heggernes@uib.no