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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online with virtual lab. (This course is charged a lab fee.)
Area of Study: Science
Prerequisite: First-year university level courses in biology and chemistry, such as Athabasca University’s—BIOL 204, BIOL 205, CHEM 217 or CHEM 218.
Faculty: Faculty of Science & Technology
BIOL 480 has a Challenge for Credit option.
Biology 480 is a three-credit, university-level course that covers the principal concepts of immunology. The course discusses the components of the immune system and presents the immune mechanisms critical to immune function. It also covers the immune response to infection and the diseases that result when immunity is compromised or non-functional. It introduces current methods of studying immunity and its clinical applications in the field.
Students enrolling in Biology 480 must have completed first-year courses in biology and chemistry at the university level. According to the Athabasca University Calendar, students who wish to be exempted from these prerequisites must have the approval of the course professor.
Biology 480 is divided into 12 units as follows:
Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to
To receive credit for BIOL 480, you must achieve a course composite grade of at least D (50 percent), and grade of at least 50 percent on each of the course assignments, the mid-term, the final examination and the lab component. The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:
The midterm and final examinations for this course must be taken online with an AU-approved exam invigilator at an approved invigilation centre. It is your responsibility to ensure your chosen invigilation centre can accommodate online exams. For a list of invigilators who can accommodate online exams, visit the Exam Invigilation Network.
To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.
Owen, J.A., Punt, J., & Stranford, S.A. (2013). Kuby Immunology (7th ed.). New York: W.H. Freeman and Company.
Materials for the lab component will be accessed online through the course homepage.
The Challenge for Credit process allows you to demonstrate that you have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university-level course.
Full information about Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.
To receive credit for the BIOL 480 challenge registration, you must pass the Challenge examination with a grade of 50 percent or greater. There is only one examination for the challenge process which is written in the presence of an invigilator. This exam is a comprehensive short and long answer examination and students have 4 hours to complete the exam.
Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.
Opened in Revision 2, October 13, 2015.
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