Required and Offered Courses » Advanced Immunology (MICR 6048)
Dates: January 4, 2018 - April 20, 2018 (Tuesdays & Thursdays)
Times: 9:00-11:00 am (unless otherwise noted)
Room: MRB 4.145 (unless otherwise noted)
Course Number: MICR 6408
Janice Endsley, PhD | Ext. 23142 | Rm. 3.142 MRB
Gregg N. Milligan, PhD | Ext. 78145 | Rm. 3.322 MMNP
Course Coordinator: Aneth Zertuche | Ext. 22322 | Fax: 25065 | Rm. 4.102 MRB
Textbook and Reading Materials
There is no
required textbook for this course. For each lecture, instructors will
provide background reading, usually in the form of review articles and a
current research manuscript from the immunology literature. These
materials will be sent to students a week in advance of the lecture.
Students should come to class prepared to discuss relevant materials.
Advanced Immunology is designed to provide the basic scientist with an
enhanced understanding of immunological concepts and techniques
applicable to research in immunology and related fields. Specifically,
the goal is to familiarize students with the current immunological
concepts, paradigms, and techniques that are applicable not only to
research in immunology but are also increasingly necessary for an
enhanced understanding of all biological disciplines.
The course will be offered in the spring semester and taught by a
number of expert lecturers. Advanced Immunology will be taught in
lecture format (2 hr/lecture; 2 lectures/week), which will include
classical didactic experiences, instructor-guided discussions of
relevant scientific literature, and student-led discussions of cutting-edge topics in immunology. Additionally, students will
give oral presentations, approximately 30 minutes in length, on
selected topics in Immunology. A list of topics appropriate for
presentations will be provided by the Course Directors at the beginning
of the course.
The Advanced Immunology course
is intended for graduate-level students to build upon a basic level of
understanding of the immune system. The topics that will be covered
include: innate and acquired immune responses; cellular and molecular
mechanisms of immunity; antigen processing and presentation;
tissue-specific immune responses; immune-mediated pathologies; and
vaccination. The primary objective is to provide the basic
scientist with an enhanced understanding of immunological concepts that
are relevant to a wide range of biological fields.
Additional exercises that are structured to promote self-learning and critical evaluation skills include:
- Student-lead mini-lectures on immunological tools and
techniques will enhance student understanding of basic concepts in
immunology, the experimental approaches that can be taken to address
immunological problems, and an improved ability to understand and
critically evaluate immunological literature
- Instructor-guided, student-lead discussions of relevant
scientific literature will promote the students' ability to critically
evaluate scientific literature and their ability to design meaningful
- Student familiarity with the immunological literature and
self-learning are enhanced through inclusion of student-selected and
student-lead discussions of cutting-edge topics in immunology and
through a more extended and thorough oral presentation of selected
topics in Immunology. Student presentation skills and critical
evaluation skills are enhanced in these exercises through evaluations
provided by both course directors and student peers.
Three exams will be given over the duration
of the course on the dates indicated on the course schedule. All
exams will be of the essay type and will be taken in class. The exams
will comprise 75% of the final grade (25% each). Oral presentations
and class participation will comprise 25% of the final grade.
Make-up tests will only be allowed in emergency situations which
preclude the student from physically being present. Emergency
situations are defined as incapacitating illnesses or family
emergencies. There will be no deviation from this policy.
Any appeals for grading changes must be submitted to the lecturers
responsible for the writing and grading of the questions within one (1) week
after the return of the graded examination to the student. The
lecturers must report changes in grades to the Course Directors.
Final course letter grades will be determined using the following grading scale:
- 90-100 = A
- 80-89 = B
- 70-79 = C
- 69 or below = F
Students will also be required to complete an evaluation form
about the course as part of their overall course grade. Typically, your
constructive comments are in exchange for your graded exams. If the
specified number of evaluation forms is not received, an
Incomplete grade will be reported to the Office of Enrollment Services.
If the course requirements are not completed within 30 days, the grade
automatically converts to an 'F' Failure grade.
Any appeals for grading changes must be submitted to the
instructors responsible for the writing and grading of the question
within five (5) business days after the return of the graded assessment to the
student. The instructors must report any grade changes to the Course
The GSBS policy
states that students taking a full-term graduate course offering are
allowed up to three (3) excused absences from any required activity and permission is granted
at the discretion of the Course Directors. If the course
is offered as an 8-week course, only two (2) absences are permitted.
If a student is absent during a session that contributes to the final
grade (e.g., during a quiz), it will be up to the Course
Directors to determine if the student can perform a "make-up" activity,
provided that they deem absence legitimate. Once a
student exceeds and misses more than the number of absences allowed for the length of the
course, the course directors must notify the GSBS Student Affairs Dean,
who will then contact the appropriate Program Director.
Courtesy should be
extended to both the lecturers and students to ensure an optimal
learning atmosphere. Students are expected to come to class prepared, ready to
participate, and on time. Students will not be allowed to enter the
room once the lecture has begun. To ensure an environment for
constructive academic dialogue, the use of electronic devices (e.g.,
laptops, cell phones, MP3 players) is not allowed during class
time. Please request permission from each lecturer prior to electronic
recording of lectures.