Fall 2021 - MBB 326 D100

Introduction to the Immune System (3)

Class Number: 4204

Delivery Method: Remote


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 8 – Dec 7, 2021: Wed, 2:30–4:20 p.m.

    Sep 8 – Dec 7, 2021: Fri, 2:30–4:20 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    MBB 231 with a minimum grade of C.



Introduction to the structure and function of the immune system and how this system protects against microbial infections. Innate immune responses, including the function of innate immune cells, receptors and complement. Adaptive immune responses, including the organization of lymphoid organs, development and function of T and B cells, and antibodies. Students with credit for HSCI 426, MBB 426 or HSCI 326 may not take this course for further credit.


Lecture Topics 

  1. Innate immune responses – Immediate responses to infections
  2. Innate immune responses – Induced responses to infections
  3. Antibody structure and development
  4. B cell development
  5. T cell receptor structure and development
  6. Antigen presentation to T cells
  7. T cell development
  8. T cell activation and clearance of pathogens
  9. B cell activation and effector functions of antibodies
  10. Immune memory and vaccination


  • 4 Exams, 25% each 100%


  • Lecture:  blended (synchronous lectures, recorded and available online for asynchronous viewing)
  • Tutorial:  synchronous (attendance is not mandatory) 
  • Assessments:  synchronous midterm exams
  • Final exam:  No
  • Remote invigilation:  No



  • Access to high-speed internet
  • Computer (with webcam)


The Immune System, 5th Ed., Peter Parham, 2021. Garland Science.
ISBN: 978-0-393-53334-7

Department Undergraduate Notes:

  • For help with writing, learning and study strategies please contact the Student Learning Commons at
  • Students requiring accommodations as a result of a disability, must contact the Centre for Accessible Learning (778-782-3112 or e-mail:  caladmin@sfu.ca)

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in fall 2021 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with approximately 70 to 80 per cent of classes in person/on campus, with safety plans in place.  Whether your course will be in-person or through remote methods will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the fall 2021 term.