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About the Course

Course 1 of a three course specialization called Fundamentals of Immunology. Each course in the specialization presents material that builds on the previous course's material. This is the first leg of a three-part journey through the defenses your body uses to keep you healthy. In this part we hope to give you the vocabulary and concepts you need to interact with the medical community and to provide them in a context that makes them memorable. Fundamentals of Immunology introduces students to the basic functions of the adaptive and innate immune systems. The early lectures survey cells, tissues and organs using metaphors, cartoons and models to improve understanding and retention. After describing the form, function, origin and varieties of antibodies, subsequent lectures provide details on the mechanism of the generation of variation. The course provides animations of gene rearrangement and class switching and descriptions of affinity maturation correlated with detailed physical models of antibody structure. The final lecture reviews these concepts in anatomical context. Testing employs multiple choice questions testing facts, concepts, and application of principles. Questions may refer to diagrams, drawing and photographs used in lecture and reproduced in the outline. What You’ll Learn: The difference between adaptive and innate immune systems, the characteristics of various pathogens that they protect you from and the overall strategies employed in this protection. The detailed structure of antibodies and related immunoglobulin receptors, the characteristics and function of the different antibody classes and the mechanism for producing both the recognition regions and stem regions.  Finally, how these structures are coded for in the DNA and expressed in the B cells....

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Nov 21, 2020

Thank you very much Professor! I really enjoyed your lessons and passion for teaching. I am glad you are able to share your talent with the world via this medium. Looking forward to the next class!


Aug 5, 2019

So far the lecturer has been very entertaining and interesting in her explanation of various concepts of immunology. I am excited to finish this course, which will be relevant to my future studies.

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By Wuttipong P

Dec 7, 2020

Excellent class to learn about the immune function which can be used in academic research

By Ludis O

Jun 22, 2020



By Lenize A C

May 6, 2020

Curso maravilhoso com materiais excelentes e uma professora super didática e carismática!

By Massiel R

Feb 9, 2021

Just amazing I loved the teacher and her creative ability to teach such a dense subject.

By Marina P

May 8, 2020

Great teacher and the structure of the course!! For the, the best out of three offered!

By abirami s

Apr 30, 2020

it is an elaborated , tailor made course for me to know what exactly immunology means

By Jay P

Jun 29, 2020

Dr. Novotny is a wonderful professor that I wish I had as a teacher in my university.


Nov 4, 2021

Amazingly good course, starting in the immunology world and this couldn't be better.

By Ayush J

Jan 22, 2021

Excellent and entertaining course with lots of knowledge in a well-structured manner

By Ibrahim K

Jun 5, 2020

Excellent course on Immunology. Everything is explained down to the molecular level.

By Sikandar K

Apr 12, 2020

It is so good providing us the basic knowledge about this. Boosting our confidence

By Sandra E C R d F

Sep 22, 2020

The professor is so great. She is wonderful. Thanks for all immunology teachings.


Sep 27, 2020

although this is my first experience in online learning i am pretty much happy

By S U V

May 19, 2020

Excellent and very good fundamental knowledge imparted on basics of immunology.

By Oliver G

Apr 20, 2020

Great in style and content (but requires prior knowledge to follow all-through)

By Jim B

Feb 4, 2022

G​reat class, learned more about how I fight things that I cannot see. Cheers

By Tirthankar S

Jun 8, 2021

One of the most detailed and well-taught Immunology courses I have ever taken.

By nkosingiphile t

Aug 11, 2019

Thanks very much for the course. It had a good information. I benefited a lot.

By Jan P M

May 20, 2020

Very helpful and high quality content! Congratulations to the whole team! :)

By Bill A

Apr 3, 2020

Very in depth look at the field of Immunology! Perfect for times like this!

By Geraldo M J

Dec 18, 2019

Excepcional! Um complemento fundamental para as minhas aulas de Biomedicina

By Amar P

Aug 24, 2020

Thank you for the interactive and fun lessons throughout the 6 week course


May 26, 2020

Very good and interesting and good lecturing.

Thank you ma'am for the gives

By Karen M R

Dec 3, 2020

Very interesting, so a good teacher! Thank you for making understandable.

By РРРомка т

Nov 27, 2020

Very solid, strong, massive course! And very good and cheerful teacher!