Course information

Immunology (AOKGEN025_1A)
2017/18 1st Semester
(4 credits)

 

Prerequisite subject: Anatomy IV.; Biochemistry, Molecular and Cell Biology III.
Attendance of a minimum of 75% of both the lectures and seminars is necessary for the end-term signature.
Exam: semi-final written test in the exam period

 

The Department of Genetics, Cell- and Immunobiology teaches  immunology  to 3rd year students in the fifth semester. This course provides a basic knowledge of the structure and mechanisms of the immune system. Students obtain   a signature – according to the proposal of the practice teacher – at the end of the semester. According to the Academic and Examination Rules (17§ 7-8.), students must visit at least 75% of the classes (75 % of the lectures and 75 % of the seminars), in order to have a  valid semester (i.2. in order to be admitted to the exam). We check the presence of students at the lectures during the semester.  More than three absences from the lectures invalidates the semester. The absences at the seminars (practices) are registered weekly, more than three absences from the seminars invalidate the semester as well.

During the semester there is one 40 min. long written midterm exam, on the 9th week at the time of the lecture. The score of the midterm test is part (35%) of the final exam score [except for the second (or third) retake exam or in case a student is writing an exam in order to improve the score of a previous, successful exam]. If you miss the midterm exam, 0 (zero) points will be added to your exam score. The midterm is not a requirement for the validity of the semester. There is no opportunity to postpone the time of the midterm neither to improve the midterm result. For those students, who miss the midterm due to an acute illness and show up the medical certificate to the practice teacher (or course coordinator) within one week, an additional midterm test is organized. We announce its date and place via a Neptun message. For taking the midterm (or later exam), students have to prove their identity by an official formal personal document with a photo (i.e. passport, driving license). During the semester students can collect 5 points for homeworks which are added to the exam scores, too.

 

Exam info

The semester is completed by a written exam. On the first and second exams, the grade will be calculated from the sum of the midterm scores, homework scores and the exam scores (maximum 35 midterm points + 5 homework points + 60 exam points = 100 points). Students have to reach more than 50 % of both the exam scores (31 out of 60) and the total scores (51 out of 100) to pass. (At the third and fourth exam, the scores of the midterm test and homework don’t count to the final exam score any more.)

The topics are based on the textbooks and the lectures, so attending the latter ones greatly helps students to successfully prepare for the exam. At the exam, it is not sufficient to repeat memorized topics from the textbook and presentations, but you have to be able to synthesize and integrate your knowledge from different parts. The retake exam can be taken no sooner than on the 3rd day after the former exam.

The exam dates will be published one month before the beginning of the exam period. Registration for the exam dates (or modifying the registration) can be arranged exclusively online by 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). Since we have to book the exam rooms in advance, we cannot change (increase) the number of examinees. The announcement of the results takes two-four days, depending on the number of examinees. Here we would also like to warn you that in case of postponing your exam right to the end of the exam period, you may not be able to register to some of the subjects (which have Immunology as a prerequisite) of the next semester on time.

If you miss an exam, the second retake exam (and all others thereafter) can be taken upon payment of a retake fee. The receipt has to be presented to the examiner at the beginning of the exam.

During the semester, a two-round competition will be organized. The first round is the midterm exam, and based on the results of this, the department will invite the best students to the second round (taking place during the 13th week). Students having the best scores get a grade 4 or 5 offered to them and an exemption from the exam.

 

Useful hints

Do not forget that beside the text of the textbook, figures and drawings are also part of the subject. It is not sufficient to study from the textbook, but own lecture notes, draw schemes and flow charts are also important.

 

Literature:
Required textbooks:

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

  • Immunology seminars (e-book)http://gsi.semmelweis.hu (The user name and password is on course datasheet of the Neptun)

 

Contacts

Job title

Name

Room

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

Marianna Csilla 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).  The office hours of the course coordinator can be viewed at the homepage of the department.

 

Topic list

 

Week

Lectures (2*45 min. / week)
Monday 13:20-14:50
NET Issekutz (Brown) Lecture Hall

Practices / Seminars (2*45 min. / week)

1.
(Sept 11 - 15)

Role, processes, organs and cells of the immune system
ppt

Introduction and basic terms;
Immune databases
ppt   ppt

2.
(Sept 18 - 22)

Principles of natural immunity
ppt

Methods based on antigen-antibody interactions I. Immunoserology
ppt

3.
(Sept 25 - 29)

The complement system; inflammation and acute phase reaction
ppt

Methods based on antigen-antibody interactions II.
ppt

4.
(Oct 2 - 6)

Antigen, antigen presentation and MHCs
ppt

Methods based on antigen-antibody interactions III. Flow cytometry
ppt

5.
(Oct 9 - 13)

Antigen receptors and their formation
ppt

Complement; Migration of immune cells
ppt   ppt

6.
(Oct 16 - 20)

T cells and cell-mediated immune response
ppt

Cell culturing
ppt

7.
(Oct 24 - 27)

HOLIDAY

Biological therapies I.
ppt

8.
(Oct 30 - Nov 3)

B cells and humoral immune response
ppt

Pre-midterm consultation
ppt

9.
(Nov 6 - 10)

MIDTERM (written)
doc
groups schedule: doc

Biological therapies II.
ppt

10.
(Nov 13 - 17)

Immune response in infections, mucosal immunity
ppt

Immunization and vaccination
ppt

11.
(Nov 20 - 24)

Hypersensitivity reactions
ppt

Hypersensitivity I.
ppt

12.
(Nov 27 - Dec 1)

Autoimmunity and tolerance
ppt

Hypersensitivity II-IV.
ppt

13.
(Dec 4 - 8)

Immunology of transplantation; immunodeficiencies
ppt

Screening methods for autoantibodiesHLA typing
ppt   ppt

14.
(Dec 11 - 15)

Antitumor and pregnancy immunity
ppt

Pre-exam consultation

 

Ebook

Seminars in Immunology ebook: ppt

(Updated version 2015)

 

Exam

Exam topic list: doc

 

 

Consultation

Immunology consultations (in the NET building) - 1st semester of 2017/18

date start room
20 December (Wednesday) 10:00 L16
2 January (Tuesday) 11:00 L16
8 January (Monday) 11:00 L16
15 January (Monday) 11:00 L16
22  January (Monday) 11:00 L16
29 January (Monday) 11:00 L16

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

 

Competition

For the competition, the department will invite those students who have achieved at least 31 points in the midterm exam. The competition will take place during the 13th week. The exact time and place will be sent to students in a Neptun message.
Students having the best scores get a grade 4 or 5 offered to them and an exemption from the exam.

The competition includes the topics of weeks 1-11. 


Immunology competition results:

Code word

Scores (competition)

Grade

NM

49

5

PP5JGU

48

5

CD77

46

5

P. MATZINGER

45

5

He-La3

45

5

MINIRUNNANE

41

4

Bonny

41

4

Casper

40

4

HLA-9000

38

-

VZZ

38

-

MINNI

32

-

  

Dear Students,

Congratulations on your accomplishments!

Students according to the above list are offered a grade 4 or 5 in immunology - in case their semester is valid ie. they do not have more than 3 absenses either in the practice or in the lecture classes during the semester.

The students who do NOT want to accept the offered grade shall send an email to the immunology course coordinator ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) till 14th of December (till 9 am).

Those who accept the offered grade will be (automatically deregistered from their exam date – in case they have already registered -, and) registered to an exam date (18th December).

Students with the first three best results will get a Neptun message during January about receiving a certificate of the competition.

 

Dr Holub, Marianna Csilla.

course coordinator

 

 


The user name and password are published in the NEPTUN.


Course coordinators:

Cell Science / Biology:
Dr. LÁNG, Orsolya
+36 1 210 2930 / 56251
Monday 10:30-12:30

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

Genetics and Genomics:
Dr. SEMSEI, Ágnes
+36 1 210 2930 / 56502

Neptun administrator
(Education secretariat):

L. DIBÓ, Szilvia
+36 1 210 2950
+36 1 210 2930 / 56235

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