Course code MVI292

MVI292 The Immune System, Food and Health

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ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Faculty of Chemistry, Biotechnology and Food Science
Teaching language: EN, NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in the autumn parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in the autumn parallel, .
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2014-2015
Preferential right:
Course contents:
The course will provide a thorough introduction to the immune system, its organization and function. This is the basis for an in-depth study of special conditions linked to the immunology of the mucous membranes, particularly in the gut, and the mechanisms involved in the development of food allergy. Special emphasis will be put on explaining the difference between immune-mediated hypersensitivities and other forms of intolerance reactions to food. The significance of food for efficient protection against infectious microorganisms, and the involvement of the immune system in the development of lifestyle diseases will be covered. Through lectures and supervised discussion groups the students will get the oppprtunity to develop in-depth understanding and to penetrate key theoretical issues particularly relevant for their future careers and practice.
Learning outcome:
The students will acquire thorough knowledge of the organization and function of the immune system, particularly regarding the understanding of food allergy and other food-associated hypersensitivities. They will get a clear understanding of the differences between food allergy and food intolerance reactions. The students will be able to suggest investigation for clarifying the cause of adverse reactions to food. They will also have knowledge of the effect of diet on the intestinal microbiota and the gut-associated immune system. The health consequences, particularly regarding the development of lifestyle diseases, will be enlightened.
Learning activities:
Lectures, supervised discussion groups and exercises.
Teaching support:

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Will be announced in Canvas and in the first lecture.
Background in cell biology equivalent to BIO100, background in biochemistry equivalent to KJB200, background in microbiology equivalent to BIO130.
Recommended prerequisites:
Knowledge of human anatomy and physiology equivalent to HFX201.
Mandatory activity:
The two first lectures are compulsory.
Final written exam (3 hrs) with exercises from central parts of the curriculum.
Nominal workload:
Lectures: 30 hrs per semester, group activities: 60 hrs per semester, self studies: 210 hrs per semester, total: 300 hrs.
Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science
Reduction of credits:
The course overlaps 5 credits with the previous course MVI390, and 1 credit with the previous course MVI390B.
Type of course:
Lectures: 2 hrs/week. Group activities: 4 hrs/week.
An external examiner will assess a minimum of 25 selected exam papers.
Allowed examination aids: A1 No calculator, no other aids
Examination details: Written exam: A - E / Ikke bestått