Course information

General information

Subject code: FOKGEN037_1A
Prerequisite subject: Medical Biochemistry, Molecular and Cell Biology III.
Credits: 3

The Department of Genetics, Cell- and Immunobiology offers Immunology course for 3rd year students in the first semester. This course provides basic knowledge on the construction and activity of the immune system. The lecturer will sign the lecture (index) books during the exam. According to the Academic and Examination Rules (17§ 7-8.) the students must visit at least 75% of the lessons (both the lectures and the seminars). This is the requirement for the validity of the semester. The absences are registered on every week, and more than three absences will invalidate the semester.

During the semester there will be a midterm exam. Points of the midterm will be the part (40%) of the final exam [except second (or third) retake exam and improving a successful exam]. Although the midterm exam is not a requirement for the validity of the semester, if you miss the exam, 0 (zero) point will be added to your exam scores (and this is very unfavourable for your exam mark), and missing this exam will increase the number of your absences. That is why a replacement midterm will be organized for those students, who miss the midterm because of an acute illness, but they have to show up the medical record to the practical teacher (or course coordinator) not later than one week after the midterm. After knowing how many students have to take the replacement midterm, we announce its date and place via a Neptun message.  There is no opportunity to improve the midterm result.


Exam info

The semester is finished by a written exam with multiple choice (40 points) and essay questions (20 points). The exam grade will be calculated from the sum of midterm scores and exam scores (40 midterm points + 60 exam points = 100 points)For passing (Grade 2-5) you have to reach more than 50 % of both the exam scores and total scores.

The retake exam can be done no sooner than on the 3rd day after the exam. The second (and third) retake exam – in other words the third and fourth exam – mark is based merely on the exam scores; the midterm points are not counted. The topics are based on the textbook and the lectures, so attending them greatly helps the successful preparation for the exam. In the exam it is not enough to reproduce the topics of the textbook and presentations, but you have to be able to synthesize the knowledge from different parts.

The exam days will be published one month before the beginning of the examination period. Signing up and modification of the exam days can be arranged exclusively online in the students’ registration system (NEPTUN). If you want to change your exam day, first you have to cancel your earlier sign up. Please, consider the registration deadlines  for the exams (48 hrs before the beginning of the exam). We have to reserve the exam rooms months in advance, so later we cannot increase the number of examinees. Please note that if you postpone your exam to the end of the exam period, you might not be able to register in time for some courses (having Immunology as a prerequisite) of the next semester.

You cannot take the exam without lecture (index) book! If you missed an examination you may provide official document of the absence in three working days, otherwise “failed to attend” will be registered into your index book and you have to pay a missed exam fee.  The second (and third) retake can be taken after the paying of a retake fee. In these cases the students have to show up the receipt before the exam.

During the semester a two-round competition will be organized. The first round is the midterm exam, and based on the results the department will invite students into the second round (around the 13th week). The students with the best results will be offered a grade 4 or 5.

Useful hints

Do not forget that not only the texts of the textbook, but the figures, drawings are also part of the subject. When preparing for the exams, it is not enough to read the textbook, always make notes, draw schemes and flow charts.

Plan your examination period carefully.


Attendance of a minimum of 75% of both the lectures and the seminars is necessary for the end-term signature. 

Exam: written test in the exam period.

Required textbooks:

  • KUBY Immunology • W. H. Freeman and Company • New York • 2013

  • Immunology seminars (e-book) (The user name and password is on course data sheet of the Neptun)


  • Falus A. Immunology, Semmelweis PH, 2001. [You can buy this book in room NET 623 (6th floor)].


Job title



Course coordinator (For the office hours see the homepage.)

A. Kristóf Fülöp, PhD

NET 622/A

Vice course coordinator

Marianna Holub, PhD

NET 618

Lecturer and Chairman of the Department

Prof. Edit Buzas, MD, DSc

NET 717

We do not arrange students’ affairs through phone or other way of telecommunication (except NEPTUN). For personal contact, you may be asked to present your index book or other photo I.D. The office hours of the course coordinator are available on the homepage of the department.


Topic list



Lectures (2 hr / week)

Monday 15:30-17:00 NET Brown Lecture Hall

Practices / Seminars (2 hr / week)


The roles, processes, organs and cells of the immune system

Basic terms, organs and cells of the immune system


Principles of natural immunity

Methods based on antigen-antibody interactions I.


The complement system, inflammation

Methods based on antigen-antibody interactions II. Flow cytometry


Antigen, antigen presentation and MHCs

Methods based on antigen-antibody interactions III. Immunoserology


Antigen receptors and their formation



T lymphocytes and cell-mediated immune response

Migration of immune cells


B lymphocytes and humoral immune response

HLA typing



Pre-midterm consultation


Midterm (written)

Immunization and vaccination


Autoimmunity and tolerance

Hypersensitivity I.


Mucosal immunity

Hypersensitivity II-IV.


Immunology of transplantation and pregnancy;
Antitumor immunity

Screening methods for autoantibodies


Immune response in infections; immunodeficiencies

Biological therapies


Immunopharmacology, acute phase reaction and review

Pre-exam consultation



Seminars in Immunology ebook: ppt



Exam topic list: doc

(last update: 12/12/2014)



Basic Immunology Consultations:


19/12/2014        (Friday) 1000 L13-L15
05/01/2015        (Monday) 1000 L13-L15
12/01/2015        (Monday) 1000 L13-L15
19/01/2015        (Monday) 1000 L13-L15
26/01/2015        (Monday) 1300 L13-L15


The consultation lasts for maximum 70 minutes. If there are no students present at the beginning of the consultation, it will be cancelled.


The user name and password are published in the NEPTUN.

Course coordinators:

Cell Science / Biology:
Dr. LÁNG, Orsolya
+36 1 210 2930 / 56251

Dr. HOLUB, Marianna
+36 1 210 2930 / 56234

Genetics and Genomics:
Dr. HEGYESI, Hargita
+36 1 210 2930 / 56326

Neptun administrator
(Education secretariat):

L. DIBÓ, Szilvia
+36 20 825 9996

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