10 ECTS credits / 270 hours of work
|Language of instruction
Finnish, some lectures given in English
The course starts autumn period continuing to spring. Second year, C3 and C4.
Upon completion of the study module, the student will be able to explain the basic structure, function and regulation of immune defense systems in humans. The student masters the ways that immune defense system can discriminate the foreign and self structures, how are the different defense responses generated and regulated; what is immune tolerance and how is the immunological memory formed. The student masters also the clinical outcomes of malfunctional immune system.
During the study module the student gets familiar with the essential pathogens and knows their most important properties, can associate the common diseases with the pathogens, and knows the basics of antimicrobial treatment and the prevention of the diseases. The student also masters the suitable diagnostic methods and their limitations in the detection of the pathogens.
In this study module, the student will gain skills of working as a member of expert group. The group work strengthens the student in scientific communication and teaches to carry responsibility of collaboratively produced knowledge. The student will learn skills to give feedback to peers and appreciate the feedback obtained in the group work.
Innate immunity, antigen capture and presentation to lymphocytes, antigen recognition in the adaptive immune system, T-cell mediated immunity, effector mechanisms of T-cell mediated immunity, humoral immune responses, effector functions of humoral immunity, immunological tolerance and autoimmunity, immune responses to tumors and transplants, hypersensitivity
introduction to bacteriology and virology, microbiological samples and obtaining the samples, basic diagnostics in microbiology, the most important bacteria and viruses in respiratory infections, the infections of alimentary canal, urinary tract and sexually transmitted infections, skin infections, zoonotic infections, sepsis and difficult infections, infections in primary health care, resistance to antimicrobial agents, anaerobic bacteria, mechanisms of pathogenesis in infectious diseases, impact of infectious diseases in society and the infectious disease epidemiology.
|Mode of delivery
Mainly face-to-face teaching. Collaborative learning objectives are issued via e-learning platform.
|Learning activities and teaching methods
30h self-study for group work
15h group work
2h immunology examination
47h independent work
30h self-study for group work
12h group work
3h laboratory practice
2h preparing the presentation
2h microbiology examination
99h independent work
Medicine and dentistry students
|Prerequisites and co-requisites
|Recommended optional programme components
The course has to be completed during the first two years of medical and dental studies.
|Recommended or required reading
Abbas, Lichtman & Pillai: Basic Immunology: 6th ed.
Heikkinen et al. Mikrobiologia, 2010 (rev. 2020)
Murray et al. Medical Microbiology, 9th ed.
Lecture and group work material
|Assessment methods and criteria
The assessment of the course is based on the learning outcomes of the course. This course utilizes shared expertise and collaborative learning methods. Attendance, preparation and participation in the group work is mandatory for the completion of the study module. The student will get feedback from the peers about the expert role in discussions.
The immunology and microbiology parts are evaluated separately and both parts have to be passed. Passed examination is more than 60% of the total points.
The student has a possibility to complete the immunology examination in the mid-course after the immunology entity or in combination with the microbiology examination at the end of the course.
The course utilizes a numerical grading scale 1-5. In the numerical scale zero stands for a fail.
The group-work is evaluated by pass/fail scale
Professor of medical microbiology and immunology Timo Hautala
|Working life cooperation
Experts from the local primary health care units, hospitals and diagnostic companies give some of the clinical introductory lectures.