Syllabus

Science Prerequisites for Health Professionals

BIOL 1060: Immunology

Credits - 3

Description

This immunology course provides students with an in-depth understanding of the human immune system. It first introduces students to the structure, functions and capabilities of immune cells, tissues, and organs. Globally, the course informs students of different modes of action and the ability of immune effector populations in combating various types of infections. This course will also emphasize current immunological techniques such as recombinant antibody, flow cytometry, and ELISPOT technology. Further, issues related to vaccine development and therapeutics will also be included in the course. Finally, students will develop disciplinary appreciation through reviews of case studies, research articles, and current perspectives in the field of immunology.

Materials

Textbooks

Web Resources

  • Provided literature material in each week including review articles. original research, and notes. 
  • Online videos and other information

Hardware

Mandatory UNE-approved webcam – To be used during proctored exams

Learning Objectives and Outcomes

Program Outcomes

In lecture courses, students should be able to:

  • Communicate scientific concepts and information clearly.
  • Illustrate fundamental laws, theories, and principles of scientific disciplines.
  • Apply knowledge and critical thinking skills to scientific problems.

Course Objectives

  • Identify the cellular and molecular basis of immunity and immune systems.
  • Summarize the cellular effector populations involved in generation of immunity.
  • Distinguish between the contribution of the immune system in maintaining balance in healthy versus diseased conditions
  • Recognize and distinguish triggers of immunological response
  • Differentiate between the types of immunological responses and the types of effector cell populations involved 
  • Critique molecular events involved in generating humoral and cell mediated immunity
  • Determine the immunological basis of vaccinations
  • Explore the history and development of immunity against diseases and pandemics
  • Discriminate between the immunological basis of autoimmunity, cancer, and neurological diseases.

SELF PACED DESIGN

On the course start date, students will have access to orientation. This must be completed to be able to gain access to the first module in the course. Students must complete the first module to gain access to the next one. We recommend that students spend about 15 hours per week to complete a course in 16 weeks. When trying to complete the course in less than 16 weeks, we typically see students do this successfully within 12-14 weeks. Instructors will be timely in grading and feedback, but it will not be instant.

Assignments

There are four major assignments in the course:

  • Knowledge Checks (14)
  • Presentation on Cancer, Autoimmunity, and Congenital/Acquired Immunodeficiencies (1)
  • Proctored Midpoint Exam (1)
  • Proctored Final Exam (1)

There are 19 other activities throughout the course. These include notes, discussions, and presentations, for example, that are distributed across the 16 weeks. Each aims to provide students practice in understanding and visualizing key immunological concepts. Please see the schedule for more information. Grading rubrics are provided with each activity’s prompt in the learning management system. 

Both exams must be taken through ProctorU. See UNE’s ProctorU page for information about signing up and scheduling your exam. The official UNE webcam is required. 

Proctored exams are closed for review. You will not be able to review them at any time. Please contact your instructor for specific feedback.

Weekly Project and Presentation Work

  • Infographics (3)
  • Powerpoint Presentations (2)
  • Prospective Write-up and Project Design (2)

Formative Practice Activities 

  • Summary Assignments (2) 
  • Note Write Ups (4)
  • Diagrams and Tables (3)
  • Discussion Posts (3)

Grading Policy

Your grade in this course will be determined by the following criteria:

Grade Breakdown

Assignment CategoryGrade
Knowledge Checks20% (14 at 1.42% each)
Projects, Presentation, and Other Activities55% Presentation on Cancer, Autoimmunity, and Congenital/Acquired Immunodeficiencies (1 at 15%) Weekly Project and Presentation Work (7 totaling 20%, 2.85% each) Formative Practice Activities (12 totaling 20%, 1.67% each)
Exams25% (12.5% each)
Total100%

Grade Scale

Grade Points Grade Point Average (GPA)
A 94 – 100% 4.00
A- 90 – 93% 3.75
B+ 87 – 89% 3.50
B 84 – 86% 3.00
B- 80 – 83% 2.75
C+ 77 – 79% 2.50
C 74 – 76% 2.00
C- 70 – 73% 1.75
D 64 – 69% 1.00
F 00 – 63% 0.00

Schedule

Week

Topic

Readings/Resources

Assignments

1

Introduction to Immunology

Read textbook chapters

Read website article

Watch primer video and external videos

Label Diagram Indicating Barrier Sites

Types of Immune Responses Table

Knowledge Check

2

Types of Cells and the Disease/Healthy Paradigm

Read textbook chapters

Read web articles

Watch primer video and external videos

Determining Cell Types Figure and Infographic

Prospective Write-up on Host Immunity

Knowledge Check

3

Recognizing Immunological Triggers Part 1

Read textbook chapter 

Read web article

Watch primer video and external videos

Summary of Different Immune Response

Week 3 discussion

Knowledge Check

4

Recognizing Immunological Triggers Part 2

Read textbook chapters 

Read web articles

Watch primer video and external video

PowerPoint Video Presentation on Mucosal Immunity

Knowledge Check

5

Humoral Immunity Part 1

Read textbook chapters

Read web articles

Watch primer video and external video

Antigen-Antibody Project Design

Knowledge Check

6

Humoral Immunity Part 2

Read textbook chapter

Watch primer video

Note Write Up on Humoral Immunity

Knowledge Check

7

Cellular Immunity Part 1

Read textbook chapter

Read web article

Watch primer video and external video

Infographic on Cellular Immunity to COVID-19

Knowledge Check

8

Cellular Immunity Part 2

Read textbook chapters

Watch primer video and external video

One-Page Note Write Up on T Cells

Immunology Midpoint Exam

9

Immunological Assays

Read textbook chapter

Read web article

Watch primer and external videos

PowerPoint Video Presentation on Immunological Assays

Knowledge Check

10

Principles of Vaccination

Read web chapter

Watch primer video

Note Write Up on Principles of Vaccination

Knowledge Check

11

Immunological Basis of Vaccinations

Read web chapter

Watch primer and external videos

How Vaccines Work: Reflective Discussion Post on Vaccines Part 1

Knowledge Check

12

Vaccination Strategies and History of Vaccines and Pandemics

Read web articles

Watch primer and external videos

How Vaccines Fail: Reflective Discussion Post on Vaccines Part 2

Timeline Infographic on Pandemics

Knowledge Check

13

Immediate Hypersensitivity (Allergies)

Read textbook chapters

Watch primer and external videos

Table Describing Types of Allergic Reactions and Treatments

Knowledge Check

14

Tumor Immunology/ Cancer

Read textbook chapter

Read web articles

Watch primer and external videos

News Article Summary

Begin Video Presentation on Cancer, Autoimmunity, and Congenital/Acquired Immunodeficiencies 

Knowledge Check

15

Autoimmunity and Tolerance

Read textbook chapters

Watch primer video

Knowledge check 

Continue working on Video Presentation on Cancer, Autoimmunity, and Congenital/Acquired Immunodeficiencies 

16

Congenital and Acquired Immunodeficiencies

Read textbook chapter

Watch primer video

Note Write Up on Congenital & Acquired Diseases

Submit Video Presentation on Cancer, Autoimmunity, and Congenital/Acquired Immunodeficiencies 

Immunology Final Exam

Student Resources

Student Portal: Your Best UNE Resource

We created the UNE Online Student Portal, specifically for you, to be a useful collection of information to support you as you navigate your online course(s).

From the UNE Online Student Portal, you can access:

  • Blackboard/Brightspace
  • Technical Support
  • Library
  • Bookstore
  • UNE Email
  • U-Online

The portal also features:

  • Dates to Remember
  • Support and Services
  • Contact information for your Support Specialist
  • Academic Resources - links to the Academic Calendar, Registrar and Academic Calendar
  • Financial - links to eBilling, Financial Aid and Student Accounts

Instructor and Support Contact Information

Check Blackboard/Brightspace for specific instructor and support specialist contact information.

Further Assistance

Your student service advisor monitors course progression and provides assistance or guidance when needed. They can assist questions regarding ordering course materials, University policies, billing, navigating the course in Blackboard/Brightspace, and more.

Student Lounge

The Student Lounge Discussion Board is a designated support forum in which students may engage with each other and grapple with course content. Feel free to post questions, seek clarification, and support each other, but be mindful of UNE's Academic Integrity Policy.

Your instructor will monitor this forum. However, if you are seeking specific and timely answers to questions about course content or your personal grades, please contact your instructor via course messages. For questions about course materials, program policy, and how to navigate and proceed through the course, please contact your Student Service Advisor through the Student Portal.

Policies

Proctored Examinations

The University of New England has contracted with ProctorU to provide students with the most convenient online exam proctoring system. This system provides a simple, no cost to the student, secure, online proctor for exams and allows the student to take all the exams at home and on their own schedule.

Upon enrollment into the course, each student will register with ProctorU and establish a login name and password. This will give the student access to all of ProctorU's services. When ready, students will schedule each of their proctored exams with ProctorU. Exams must be scheduled at least 72 hours in advance to avoid fees. Prior to taking their exams, students must be sure that they have downloaded the ProctorU Chrome or Firefox extension and are using the most current version of Chrome or Firefox. They must also be sure their testing site's connection meets the minimum requirements by using ProctorU's "Test It Out" utility.

Upon the exam day and hour, students will log in to ProctorU and click on "exams". After following the procedures outlined at ProctorU's web site, the student will log in to Blackboard/Brightspace and locate their correct exam. The proctor will then allow student access to that exam.

Students must use ProctorU and must follow all proctoring requirements for their exams to be credited.

Proctored exams are not available for review at any time. You will not be able to see the questions, nor the answers you've given, after completing the exams. Please contact your instructor for specific feedback.

Course Discussions

Discussion board assignments cover interesting current events or materials related to this course that contribute to a deeper understanding of key concepts and allow you to interact with your classmates and the instructor. Each assignment may require you to conduct internet research, read additional materials (a short journal or magazine article), visit a specific webpage, AND/OR view a short video prior to writing a response following the specific guidelines in the assignment.

To earn full credit: you will need to post a response to the discussion topic, respond to the original posts of at least two other students, and then contribute meaningfully to an ongoing discussion. You will need to post your initial response before you will see any posts from your classmates. Please keep in mind that only this initial response is included in your assignment grade, so make sure you have followed all of the guidelines and written a complete response prior to submitting the post. For special cases where one or two students are accelerating faster through the course, the instructor will participate in the discussion so that everyone has the opportunity to interact.

Please see Blackboard/Brightspace for a full description, along with specific guidelines, for each assignment. Discussion board assignments should be completed, along with all other assignments in the course, in the order that they appear. Due to the course design, you may be unable to take a proctored exam if you do not complete all assignments that appear prior to that exam.

Please also refer to the Grading Policy/Grade Breakdown section of the syllabus to learn the percentage of your grade that each discussion board assignment is worth.

Technology Requirements

Please review the technical requirements for UNE Online Graduate Programs: https://online.une.edu/online-learning/technical-requirements/

Course Length

A schedule of lectures and assignments is included in this syllabus. This is, however a self-paced course and you can complete the course in less time.

  1. Courses in the SPHP program are equivalent to one-semester courses designed to be completed in 16 weeks
  2. Enrollment in the course begins the day your section opens which is listed in the Academic Calendar found on the Student Success Portal.
  3. Course start and end dates are in respect to Eastern Time.

Withdrawal and Refund Policies

Please visit this page to review the withdrawal and refund policies.

Grade Policy

Students are expected to attempt and complete all graded assignments and proctored exams by the end date of the course. To view the incomplete grade policy, please click here.

Transcripts

Due to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, only the student may request official transcripts. This may be done online by going to the University of New England Registrar website and following the directions on the page.

To view your unofficial UNE student transcript:

  1. Log into uonline at https://uonline.une.edu
  2. Select Student Services
  3. Select Student Records
  4. Select Academic Transcript

To request your official UNE student transcript:

Please review your Unofficial Transcript prior to requesting an Official Transcript.

  1. Log into uonline at https://uonline.une.edu
  2. Select Student Services
  3. Select Student Records
  4. Select Request Printed/Official Transcript
  5. Follow the prompts

After you click Submit Request, your official transcript will be put into the queue to be printed in the Registrar’s Office.

Academic Integrity

The University of New England values academic integrity in all aspects of the educational experience. Academic dishonesty in any form undermines this standard and devalues the original contributions of others. It is the responsibility of all members of the University community to actively uphold the integrity of the academy; failure to act, for any reason, is not acceptable.

Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to the following:

  1. Cheating, copying, or the offering or receiving of unauthorized assistance or information.
  2. Fabrication or falsification of data, results, or sources for papers or reports.
  3. Action which destroys or alters the work of another student.
  4. Multiple submission of the same paper or report for assignments in more than one course without permission of each instructor.
  5. Plagiarism, the appropriation of records, research, materials, ideas, or the language of other persons or writers and the submission of them as one's own.

Charges of academic dishonesty will be reviewed by the Program Director. Penalties for students found responsible for violations may depend upon the seriousness and circumstances of the violation, the degree of premeditation involved, and/or the student’s previous record of violations. Appeal of a decision may be made to the Dean whose decision will be final. Student appeals will take place through the grievance process outlined in the student handbook.