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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....

Top reviews

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.

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!

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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 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

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!

By Fatma M E

May 3, 2019

It was a great course with wonderful material and organizing very well

By Chris P

Oct 12, 2019

A really well taught introduction to the Fundamentals of Immunology.

By Vicencio D

Apr 6, 2019

Excelente nivel, otorga una perspectiva biológica muy interesante.

By Evan S

Jun 14, 2020

Loved the class. Learned a lot and it was reasonably challenging.

By Brian J

Oct 12, 2019

Strong and pretty thorough introduction to a fairly complex topic

By Ismael d l I

Sep 22, 2020

The professor makes the course so interesting! Highly recomended

By Abdul M k k

Jul 10, 2020

This course is provide me fundamentals immunology in great sense

By Marilynne L

Apr 13, 2021

Very good explanation of every concept for easy understanding.

By Prerna k

Aug 7, 2020

This is by far the most informative course I have done online.

By Jhajaira A

Apr 11, 2021

Alma is a wonderful teacher and made this course even better.

By Andrei S B

May 7, 2020

Excellent teaching! I learned so much in such a short time.

By Maribel L l

Oct 22, 2020

un curso fenomenal, quiero llorar no creí que lo lograria