Spring 2020 - HSCI 442 D100

Immunology Laboratory (4)

Class Number: 2191

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    BLU 9650, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 17, 2020
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    AQ 5006, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    HSCI 326 or MBB 326, and one of BISC 303, BISC 357, MBB 308, or MBB 309W.



Laboratory methods in immunology. Focus on the vertebrate immune system and the molecular and cellular principles underlying immune recognition. Experimental methods designed to combine serology, biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology and genetics as a basis for understanding immunological aspects of health and disease.


One 4-hour laboratory class each week complemented by 2-hour lecture plus tutorial.


The chief objective of this laboratory course is for students to become familiar with and knowledgeable of research techniques used to analyze immune responses and possible immunological disorders, particularly as related to humans. The secondary objective of this course is for students to improve their critical thinking, problem solving, data analysis and writing/reporting skills. 

By the end of the course, students should be generally knowledgeable of research techniques used to investigate immunological states in health and disease, for example microscopic investigation of key immune cells, genotyping of major histocompatibility markers and select methods for analyzing antigen-specific adaptive immune responses.


  • Participation 10%
  • Lab reports 50%
  • Quizzes 10%
  • Exams 30%


All students should know what constitutes plagiarism by, at minimum, having completed the following tutorial https://www.lib.sfu.ca/help/academic-integrity/plagiarism-tutorial

Students taking HSCI 442 are strongly encouraged to contact the Student Learning Commons at https://www.lib.sfu.ca/about/branches-depts/slc for help with writing and for learning and study strategies.

All students are subject to SFU academic integrity policy http://students.sfu.ca/academicintegrity.html and responsible for being familiar with the policy. Students requiring accommodations due to disability should contact the Centre for Students with Disabilities at 778-782-5630 or csd_office@sfu.ca.



1) P. Parham. The Immune System, 4th Edition. Textbook. 
ISBN: 978-0815344667

Current Protocols in Immunology. Online journal. https://currentprotocols.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/1934368x 
ISBN: Link


J. Boyle & S. Ramsay. Writing for Science Students, 1st Edition. Red Globe Press. E-book.
ISBN: 978-1137571526

Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html