Immunology is a very important branch of the medical and biological sciences that deals with the study of the immune system. The immune system carries the body defense mechanisms against invasion or infection that can result in diseases. Therefore, this course will cover basic immunology and the understanding of the mechanisms behind how the immune system protects us against infections, and sometimes might damage our bodies, as in autoimmune diseases and allergies.
The student will learn about
History of immunology
Types of immunity (innate immunity and acquired/adaptive immunity)
Cells and tissues of the immune system
Antibody types, structures and functions
Nature of antigens, principle of antigenic tolerance, haptens, antigenic determinants sites, and adjuvants
Disorders of the immune system (e.g. hypersensitivity, autoimmunity and immunodeficiency)
Techniques in immunology and immunochemistry
Vaccine and immunization.
On completion of the course, the student is expected to:
Understand the development and functions of cells and molecules involved in immunity
Describe the basic mechanisms in the response to antigen invasion or infection
Understand the use of antibodies in immunological techniques in the diagnosis of antigen-antibody related diseases
Gain knowledge of the fundamental principles in the development and use of vaccines.