Basic Immunology Course Specification

Master Degree in Clinical and Chemical Pathology

Program on which the course is given: Master in Clinical and Chemical Pathology

Department offering the program: Clinical and Chemical Pathology


Department offering the course: Clinical and Chemical Pathology Department

Course code: CCP 822 BCI

Element of the program (Compulsory/Elective): Compulsory course

Academic year: 2018-2019

Date of approval: July 2015

Date of revision: September 2018

Credit points: 1.5 Credit points

Course duration: 14 weeks

Teaching hours: Theoretical 87.5% and Practical 12.5%

Course Director:

· Prof Dr. Nancy Elguindy

Program Coordinators:

· Prof. Dr. Dina Rasheed

· A. Prof. Dr. Rabab Elhawary

· A.Prof. Dr. Engy ElKhateeb


The aim of the course is to develop a good postgraduate clinical pathologist

  • Capable of dealing with patients, communicating with colleagues and coworkers in team work, having the ground knowledge of a broad understanding of the immune system and its functions.
  • Having outstanding skills and knowledge needed for optimum and safe processing of clinical samples and applying the standard rules for research and continuous learning processes.


A. Knowledge and Understanding:

By the end of the course the candidate should be able to:

1. Outline the key components of the innate and adaptive immune responses.

2. Distinguish cell types involved in an immune response.

3. Recognize organs involved in an immune response.

4. Describe the basic structure of the cellular receptors

5. Describe the MHC structure and function.

6. Report on the Ag presenting cells and Ag presentation.

7. Recall the B and T cells development.

8. Discuss cellular interactions during an immune response.

9. Identify the main mechanisms of immune tolerance.

10.Explain the different pathways by which complement is activated, and mechanisms of Complement regulation.

11. Illustrate the effector mechanism of humoral and cell mediated immune response.

12. Analyze the importance of immune regulation.

13. List the main kinds of cytokines and give examples of their functions.

14. Describe the organization of the mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue and discuss the function of secretory IgA.

15. Illustrate the immune mechanism of tissue damage.

16. Predict the immune response to bacterial, viral and parasitic infections.

17. Describe the cell cycle and mechanism of apoptosis.

18. Discuss the role of immune system in combating tumours.

B. Intellectual Skills:

By the end of the course the candidate should be able to:

1. Assess the level and the competence of immunological components.

2. Correlate the principle and operation of relevant laboratory equipment.

3. Analyse how the immune system recognizes foreign antigen and evaluate the serological response

C. Professional and Practical Skills:

By the end of the course the candidate should be able to:

1. Recognize basic methods used in the immunology lab.

2. Process different clinical samples correctly.

3. Prepare and separate lymphocytes.

4. Assess quantity and function of different humoral factors involved in defense mechanisms as immunoglobulins and complement.

5. Evaluate values of cells and humoral factors involved in the immune system to comment on laboratory results.

D. General and Transferable Skills:

By the end of the course the candidate should be able to:

1. Use simple word and IT skills (i.e., Data processing, Software, Internet, and Multimedia) and the library to find information.

2. Be self-motivated learner and responsive to feedback.

3. Work in team (i.e., sharing presentations and discussions and solving Problems).

4. Enhance his research capability through working in independent Projects.