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Fundamentals of Immunology

Innate Immunity and B-Cell Function

This course is a part of Fundamentals of Immunology, a 3-course Specialization series from Coursera.

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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Rating 4.5 based on 12 ratings
Length 7 weeks
Effort 7 weeks of study, 5-8 hours/week
Starts Jun 10 (6 days ago)
Cost $49
From Rice University via Coursera
Instructor Alma Moon Novotny, Ph.D.
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Language English
Subjects Science
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6th week syllabus in one review

this course only contains only theory and theory no practical animation which makes very easier to understand... so this course is not at all helpful for me... :( The quiz are really hard specially at 5th and 6th week syllabus.

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Her thinking questions in the tests required me to truly apply my knowledge to get them right.

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If you already know anything about genetic sequencing, it would be helpful.

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So far this class is informative, the information is entertaining to learn, a little bit more elementary than I would expect, but good for beginners.

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Professor Novotny provided relevant context that made a complex subject comprehensible for me.

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Rating 4.5 based on 12 ratings
Length 7 weeks
Effort 7 weeks of study, 5-8 hours/week
Starts Jun 10 (6 days ago)
Cost $49
From Rice University via Coursera
Instructor Alma Moon Novotny, Ph.D.
Download Videos On all desktop and mobile devices
Language English
Subjects Science
Tags Life Sciences Basic Science

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