Spring 2020 - MBB 326 D100

Introduction to the Immune System (3)

Class Number: 5105

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
    AQ 3149, Burnaby

    Fr 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
    AQ 3149, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 14, 2020
    12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    TAKE HOME-EXAM, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    MBB 231.



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


  • 3 Mid-term Exams, 25% each 75%
  • Final Exam 25%



The Immune System, 4th Ed., Peter Parham, 2015. Garland Science.
ISBN: 978-0-8153-4466-7

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Registrar Notes:

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