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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 Camila R

Aug 1, 2020

Un curso profundo pero muy desordenado, por lo que es difícil entender el objetivo de algunas lecciones y el contexto, lo que dificulta el aprendizaje, sobre todo para aquellos que no hablamos Inglés como primera lengua.

By jaume r c

Oct 14, 2020

Surprised at the fact to receive remainders asking why I haven't finished the course, which it is not the case, as I have done it (completed all the exams).

By federico g

May 25, 2020

Complex material for sure but I really didn't like the cartoonization they chose

By Umut T

Sep 1, 2020

It was a beginner-level course, not intermediate as offered.

By Muhamad A B A B

Nov 5, 2020

Quite lengthy and not really focus on physiology

By Ahmad M

Apr 5, 2020

First few lectures were AMZAING. But after the second week things started to get difficult and many idioms were not explained . the professor spend much time talking about animals and other species immunity while passing quickly over the important things. Sadly it's not the course for me .But thank you for taking the time i'm sure other people will find it useful.

By Al M H

Feb 28, 2021

The course is very complicated. For a new comer, who has no knowledge in this will be totally lost and will not find it interesting and understandable.


Mar 21, 2021

I understand that the concept of immunology itself is difficult for beginners. But, the way of teaching is something like beat around the bush and not really to the point. It is very exhausting to keep watching.

By Renjitha R

Aug 24, 2020

I had enrolled for the course due the keen interest to know more about immunology. But I was not at all satisfied with the course because it seemed to be more complicative and the way of teaching was too bored.

By Ashima K 1

Jun 7, 2020

i want to unenroll it