NBIK13020U  Principal Subject in Immunology and Metabolism 2

Volume 2017/2018

MSc Programme in Biochemistry


”Immunology and metabolism module 2” is a continuation of ”Immunology and metabolism module 1”, which is compulsory as academic qualification.  Immunology and metabolism module 2 focuses on mucosal defense systems, the immune system and metabolic disorders, the immune system and autoimmune diseases, and mouse models for analyses of the immune system and metabolism.  The course is based on novel peer-reviewed articles supplemented with reviews. Teaching comprises overview lectures by the teacher followed by presentation of articles by the students. During each teaching session, about three original articles will be discussed. Each of these articles is presented by one student, and the other students will prepare questions for the presentations. Thus, all students participate actively in the discussion of each article.

Learning Outcome


During this course module, the student will acquire knowledge of:

  • How the mucosa constitutes a barrier against pathogenic bacteria and viruses, including the importance of a healthy microbiota.
  • How the immune system is coupled to the development of metabolic disorders.
  • How the immune system and the metagenome are involved in the development of autoimmune diseases.
  • Which mouse models are available and relevant for studies of the immune system and the metagenome.


During this course module, the student will acquire the following skills.

  • Reading of and understanding complicated articles within the topics of the course.
  • Critical evaluation of data.
  • Best practice for succinct and accurate presentation of articles and data.


During this course module, the student will acquire the following competences.

  • The ability to combine diverse types of information and understand complex correlation – also between different scientific disciplines and topics.
  • The ability to formulate succinct and constructive criticism of presentations and results.

See Absalon.

Principal Subject in Immunology and Metabolism module 1
The teaching takes the form of overview lectures and student colloquia and discussions based on reading of original research articles and data.
Only one of the principal subjects (Immunology, Molecular Cell Biology, Molecular Genetics, Molecular Microbiology or Protein Chemistry) can be chosen. All modules (1, 2 and 3) must be within the same principal subject. Teaching may be in Danish if all participants are conversant in Danish and agree.
Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Peer feedback (Students give each other feedback)
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Continuous assessment
Active participation during the course. The criteria for active participation are
1) the student has satisfactorily presented at least two seminar to fellow students during the course and
2) has participated actively with relevant questions/comments in at least 7 of the 9 sessions (80%).
All aids allowed
Marking scale
passed/not passed
Censorship form
No external censorship
One internal examiner.

If the student has not fulfilled the requirements for presentation of at least two seminars, the student can present a seminar of 45 minutes in a subject decided by the teacher.

If the student has not fulfilled the requirements for active participation in at least 80% of the sessions, the student must take the course again next year.

Criteria for exam assesment

1) See 'Learning Outcome'
2) Active participation. See 'Type of assessment'.

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Preparation
  • 178
  • Colloquia
  • 19
  • Guidance
  • 9
  • Total
  • 206