Immunology Course 2009
Course Director: Jeffrey K. Actor, Ph.D.
Office Hours: Fridays at 1:00 in MSB 2.214
•Team Based Learning Exercise
•AIDS Education Project
•Exams and Grading
• The purpose of the Immunology course is to provide a basic
knowledge of the immune response and its involvement in
health and disease.
• The course is designed to increase clinical relevance and
problem-solving skills through lectures, faculty-presented
clinical correlations, essay assignments, and team learning.
• The Schedule and Syllabus are posted on Blackboard.
•You are responsible for:
• Material covered in lectures including clinical vignettes.
• Materials in the syllabus, textbook and handouts.
• Posted materials to complement the lectures.
• Attend lectures and take complete and accurate notes.
• Review: Audio tapes, Video tapes, Streaming Video.
• Review: Web based info at Medic Immunology Page.
Web page: http://www.uth.tmc.edu/pathology/medic/immunology/immuntbl.htm
• R. Coico, G. Sunshine, and Benjamini, E. Immunology -- a
Short Course, 6th Edition. Wiley-Liss, 2009. The lectures are
organized to match these book chapters.
• R. S. Geha and Rosen, F. S. Case Studies in Immunology: A
Clinical Companion (5th Ed). Garland, 2007. Examples of the role
of immunology in health and disease; used extensively in the Clinical
Correlations and as 'Clinical Vignettes' in the lectures.
Recommended alternative texts: - Parham, P. The Immune System. Garland
Publishing, New York, 2005.
- Goldsby, Kindt, Osborne, Kuby. Immunology (6th Ed.). W.H. Freeman, NY 2007.
- Actor, J.K. Elsevier’s Integrated Immunology and Microbiology (1st Ed.),
Mosby/Elsevier, Philadelphia, 2007. Highly recommended.
Texts are on Reserve at the LRC and the HAM Library.
Exams and Grading
• EXAMINATIONS. There will be two major exams
consisting of multiple choice, matching, and national
board format questions.
• The MIDTERM will have 80 questions (worth 1/2 point
• The FINAL will have 80 questions (worth 1/2 point each).
• Exam answers and results will be posted outside the
Pathology Education Office (MSB 2.133) near the student
labs and electronically on the computer bulletin board.
• To contest a question, a written and signed statement must be
submitted at one of the sessions scheduled following the exam.
• Students must turn in one essay assignment worth
10 points (mandatory).
• Attend one of the City-Wide Infectious Disease
Rounds and provide a written review of one case.
The assignment and due date is described in detail
in the syllabus. Grading will be based on adherence to
format described in the syllabus, on thoroughness, and
on application of your budding medical knowledge.
Assignments turned in late will receive half credit.
Team Based Exercise
• A Team Based Learning Exercise will be held on
• Students will be required to address a clinically
based scenario and provide answers to related
• The format will be similar to TBL for the Clinical
The assignment is described in greater detail in the
syllabus. Grading will be based on group completion of
answers to question sets.
This session is mandatory.
Extra credit. Several opportunities for extra credit are
available. Any combination of extra credit can be used,
but the total amount of extra credit cannot exceed 6
Clinical Correlation Presenter (1 presentation per student)
Clinical Correlation write-up (up to 2 per student)
1 point each
Attendance of at least 6 Special Topics in Immunology lectures
Participation in AIDS Education Project (see coordinators)
•2 Student Clinical Correlation sessions. Correlates
are discussed by Student Presenters with participation
by the 'audience' and a faculty advisor. The format of
the presentations is described in the syllabus.
2009 Immunology Clinical Correlation Schedule
Clin. Corr. Date Time First Case Second Case
I 3/17 11:00-11:50 AM 11. Hyper IgM Immunodeficiency 18. MHC Class II Deficiency
II 4/21 11:00-11:50 AM 31. Acquired Immune Deficiency 43. Systemic Lupus
Syndrome (AIDS) Erythematosus
Note: There are 4 Clinical Correlate sessions that are also
taught by staff. These are not extra credit, but rather
regular course lectures.
•Option 1. Be a Clinical Correlation Presenter.
-3 points extra credit
-limit of one presentation per student
•Option 2. Answer study questions for both cases
in a Clinical Correlation session.
-1 point extra credit
-can do all thee Clinical Correlation sessions
Can not do Option 1 and 2 for the same session.
Answers must be turned in at the Clinical Correlate
session to receive credit.
• A series of lectures will be given highlighting
applications of immunological principles in the real
world. The lectures are informal, and scheduled
during lunchtime on most Fridays.
• Attendance at 6 lectures will earn 2 extra points.
• The lecture syllabus for the Special Topics is posted
on the Medic Immunology web page. The first Special
Topics lecture is scheduled for January 23rd.
AIDS Education Project
• Students who participate in the AIDS Education
Project (i.e. undergo the training and participate in
projects) are eligible for two extra credit points.
• Meeting: 1/16/09, MSB 2.006.
•AIDS Walk 2009: a volunteer program including
the annual Walk-a-thon.
•Pediatric Assistance: help to children of adults
involved in the Friendly Haven program.
•Outreach Program: to assist in education
throughout the Houston community.
Exams and Grading
• Overall grade. The total possible points and grade
Midterm 40 points (80 questions, 0.5 point per question)
Final 40 points (80 questions, 0.5 points per question)
Essay 10 points
TBL 10 points
Extra Credit Up to 6 points
• Grade assignments.
Honors 90-100 points
High pass 85.5-89.5
Marginal Performance 65.5-69
Fail 65 or below