Fall 2023 - HSCI 442 D100
Immunology Laboratory (4)
Class Number: 4694
Delivery Method: In Person
Course Times + Location:
Sep 6 – Dec 5, 2023: Thu, 1:30–5:20 p.m.
Exam Times + Location:
Dec 15, 2023
Fri, 3:30–6:30 p.m.
1 778 782-8648
Office: BLU 11712
Office Hours: By appointment
Prerequisites:HSCI 326 or MBB 326, and one of BISC 303, BISC 357, MBB 308, or MBB 309W, all with a minimum grade of C-.
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.
Study of the molecular and cellular basis of the immune system in a laboratory environment. Laboratory methods in immunology with a focus on the vertebrate immune system will be covered in this 4-credit course. Experimental methods are designed to combine serology, biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, and genetics as a basis for understanding immune responses.
COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:
The chief objective of this course is for students to become familiar with and adept at performing laboratory techniques relevant to immunological research. The secondary objective is for students to improve their critical thinking, problem-solving, data analysis, and writing/reporting skills.
By the end of the course, students are expected to demonstrate an understanding of immunological methods and protocols learned in this course, list critical reagents and their purpose, describe the immunological basis of experimental protocols, and explain or describe specific experimental outcomes. By the end of the course, students are also expected to be proficient in reporting and discussing research results in written form in the context of existing immunological literature.
- Participation 20%
- Lab reports 50%
- Exams 30%
TEACHING FORMAT One 4-hour laboratory class each week complemented by a 3-hour weekly tutorial session.
Students are strongly encouraged to contact the Student Learning Commons for help with writing and for learning and study strategies. Those with documented or suspected learning impairement should contact the Centre for Accessible Learning to arrange for specific accommodations.
All students should know what constitutes plagiarism and will be expected to complete the plagiarism tutorial
All students are subject to SFU's academic integrity policy and are responsible for being familiar with this policy.
MATERIALS + SUPPLIES:
Students will need to bring their own clean lab coats
P. Parham. The Immune System, 5th Edition. Textbook. ISBN: 978-0-393-53334-7
Current Protocols in Immunology. Online journal.
J. Boyle & S. Ramsay. Writing for Science Students. 2nd Edition (2023). Bloomsbury Academic. ISBN: 978-1350932678 (Paperback)
H. Witchel. Writing for Biomedical Sciences Students. 1st Edition (2020). Red Globe Press. ISBN: 978-1352008753 (Paperback).
REQUIRED READING NOTES:
Your personalized Course Material list, including digital and physical textbooks, are available through the SFU Bookstore website by simply entering your Computing ID at: shop.sfu.ca/course-materials/my-personalized-course-materials.
ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: YOUR WORK, YOUR SUCCESS
SFU’s Academic Integrity website 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
Students with a faith background who may need accommodations during the semester are encouraged to assess their needs as soon as possible and review the Multifaith religious accommodations website. The page outlines ways they begin working toward an accommodation and ensure solutions can be reached in a timely fashion.