MCB 408: IMMUNOLOGY

Lecture: 140 Burrill Hall, 8:00 AM-9:20 AM Tuesdays & Thursdays

Dr. Gregory G Freund (Professor of Pathology); freun@illinois.edu
   Office: 211 Edward R. Madigan Laboratory (ERML)
   Office Hours: By appointment (email Jackie Newman to schedule)

Alejandra Stenger (Course Coordinator); astenger@illinois.edu
   Office: 252B Davenport Hall
   Office Hours: By appointment (email Alejandra directly)

Jackie Newman (Assistant to Dr. Freund); jknewman@illinois.edu
   Office: 240 Edward R. Madigan Laboratory (ERML)

MCB Core Curriculum Office:   252 Davenport Hall; 244–6239; (9:00 AM–12:00 PM, 1:00 PM–5:00 PM M–F)

MCB 408 WEB SITE

Course Web site: www.life.illinois.edu/mcb/408
Course Gradebook: https://apps.atlas.illinois.edu/Gradebook/

REQUIRED MATERIALS

The following is a specific list of items required for MCB 408. These items should be available and should be listed correctly at the Illini Union Bookstore (IUB). They may not be available and it is not guaranteed they will be listed correctly at any other bookstore. Please pay careful attention to dates and editions when purchasing these items. Any items (other than those specifically named below) listed by bookstores as optional or recommended have not been previously approved by the course faculty.

REQUIRED TEXT

  1. Janeway's Immunobiology, Ninth Edition
    by Murphy & Weaver
    Garland, 2017
    Students should be aware that this is the official edition being used this semester. Older editions may NOT have the same content and chapters!
    We are recommending students buy the loose-leaf version of the text available at IUB and online. This version is cheaper than the complete hardback version. Students may elect to purchase the traditional hardback text if they prefer.



ADD AND DROP INFORMATION

Students may add MCB 408 before 5:00 PM, Monday, 29 January 2018.

Friday, 9 March 2018 before 5:00 PM is the last day to drop the course or to elect the Credit/No Credit option.

To elect the Credit/No Credit option, students must apply in their College Office.

To drop the course after the drop deadline, students must petition a Dean in their college office and bring the Instructor's Estimated Grade Report section of petitions to Alejandra Stenger, 252B Davenport Hall, for completion and signature.



WHEN MCB 408 CLASSES BEGIN

MCB 408 lectures will begin on Tuesday, 16 January 2018 at 8:00-9:20 AM in 140 Burrill Hall.



MCB CURRICULUM POLICIES

CONTACTING MCB COURSE PERSONNEL

MCB course personnel are more than happy to assist students.

Emails to instructors, TAs, or course coordinators will only be answered if they come from an @illinois.edu account. We will only use this account in order to protect your educational information and profile. As a student, please remember that when you email a staff member, it is important to include all pertinent information so that we can assist you in the most efficient and effective manner possible. This information includes:

  • The course rubric in the subject line
  • Your full first and last name
  • Your NetID (the first part of your illinois.edu email account)
  • Your UIN (9 digit number that can be found on your ICard)
  • The course that you are concerned about (the course personnel often work with multiple courses)
  • Your section letter/number
  • The previous email "thread" or previous communicated information pertinent to the situation

Your cooperation will help us respond much more quickly to your concerns.

RELIGIOUS OBSERVANCES AND PRACTICES

Students are required to submit the Request for Accommodation for Religious Observances Form (which can be found at www.odos.illinois.edu/studentassistance/downloads/Religious_Observance_Accommodation_Request_Form.docx) to their instructors and the Office of the Dean of Students requesting accommodation by the end of the second week of the course. Requests that are not submitted within this time frame may not be granted. Information about accommodations can be found in the Student Code: http://studentcode.illinois.edu.

DRES ACCOMMODATIONS

If a student has DRES (Disability Resources and Educational Services) accommodations, documentation must be submitted to course personnel by the end of the second week of class.

If a student believes that they need DRES accommodations, they should contact DRES at disability@illinois.edu.



EXAM INFORMATION

EXAM INSTRUCTIONS

  1. The Midterm Exam will be held during class time in the regular lecture classroom on Thursday, 15 March.

  2. Bring your University photo ID, several sharp #2 pencils, and an eraser.

  3. Texting, or the use of a cell phone for any purpose during an exam, is prohibited. Doing so may earn you a zero on the exam, or more extreme penalty at the discretion of the instructor.

EXAM CONFLICTS

  1. Students with DRES accommodations should submit the online Conflict Request Form by 5:00 PM no later than 3 business days prior to the exam. Requests made after 5:00 pm and less than 3 business days prior to the exam will not be granted.

EXAM ABSENCES

  1. If you must miss an exam due to unforeseen circumstances, you are required to contact your course coordinator within 24 hours of the absence. You will then have 48 hours from the absence in which to submit documentation to your course coordinator. You must also submit an online Absence Form if one is available on your course website. Course personnel will evaluate documentation and decide whether or not there will be an option to compensate for the missed exam through proration. Failure to follow this procedure will result in a zero for the exam.

  2. If you must miss an exam for job, graduate or professional school interviews, the exam may be prorated. A best effort should be made to schedule these events around exams. You will need to be mindful that only one exam may be prorated in a semester for any and all absences. Documentation will be required.

  3. There will be instances when the student must make an individual choice about their ability to perform on an exam and will need to accept any and all consequences for that choice.

  4. If the absence is a result of a protracted illness of 3 days or more, you should follow the procedure for obtaining a letter from the Office of the Dean of Students. The request may be made once the student returns to class but not more than 10 business days after the last date of absence.

  5. If you miss an exam, the possibility exists to have one exam prorated with proper documentation. You must contact the course coordinator via email within 48 hours of the absence. If you do not provide documentation in a timely manner and upon receipt, there may be a negative impact on your ability to receive a prorated score. The final exam cannot be prorated. Your prorate score will be calculated based on the following formula:


    {Exam A} {Exam B}
    (%tile)(250) + (%tile)(250) = (%tile) = ____ points for Exam_____
             (250 + 250)

    Please note that the percentile that we use to calculate your score may be different from the percentile seen in the online gradebook, due to the accounting for missing scores. You must complete at least two exams and the final in this course in order to earn a letter grade in the course. If you are unable to do so, the instructor will recommend that you drop or withdraw from the course.

    Prior to the last day of class, you will be given a preliminary proration of your missing score. This proration is only to give you an idea of what your missing score *would be* based on the other scores that we have for you at that time. Your actual proration will be done with the final exam grade included. Please understand that this preliminary proration score may increase OR decrease depending on your performance on the last exam. The actual proration score will be the score used to determine you final grade.



FINAL EXAM AND CONFLICT FINAL EXAM INFORMATION

FINAL EXAM INSTRUCTIONS

  1. The Final Exam will be administered on Monday, 7 May 2018 from 7:00-10:00 PM.

  2. The exam location will be posted on the MCB 408 website by 30 April 2018 at 9:00 AM.

  3. Bring your University photo ID, several sharp #2 pencils and an eraser.

  4. Please do not bring to the exam any backpacks, purses, hats, bags, books, notes, papers, clipboards, musical instruments, or anything other than the items listed in number 3 above; you will NOT be allowed to enter the exam room with these items. We urge you not to bring valuables to the exam room. You will be asked to place all jackets/coats completely under the chair in which you are seated. In the case that the floor of the exam room is wet, you will be allowed to place jackets/coats at the front or back of the room during the exam.

    The MCB 493 BHP faculty/staff is not responsible for any of your personal belongings. We strongly suggest you do not bring them to the exam site. The Illini Union Bookstore has lockers available for temporary storage of such items if you are unable to leave them at home prior to an exam.

CONFLICT FINAL EXAM INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Conflict final exams may only be granted for any one of the following situations:

    • Students with three final exams scheduled within a 24 hour period as defined in Section 82.A.4). Final Examinations of the Code of Policies and Regulations Applying to All Students which can be found at: www.illinois.edu/admin/manual/code/

    • Students who have two final exams scheduled at the same time. Final conflict exam requests should be made to the course with lower enrollment. Course personnel can assist with information to determine which course this would be.

    • Students who have a verified personal problem, and who have received written permission to take a conflict final exam from a dean in their college.

    • Students who have DRES academic accommodations.

  2. Students that find themselves in any of the above situations should complete the online Conflict Final Exam Request Form which can be found on the course website. This request must be made by 5:00 PM on the last day of class in order for the request to be granted. Any requests made after this time may not be granted. If a conflict final exam is granted, it may be scheduled at any time during the final examination period and is at the discretion of the instructor or course coordinator.

FINAL EXAM ABSENCE

  1. If you must miss a final exam due to unforeseen circumstances, you are required to contact your instructor or course coordinator within 24 hours of the absence. You will then have 48 hours from the absence in which to submit documentation to your instructor or course coordinator. You must also submit an online Absence Form if one is available on your course website. Course personnel will evaluate documentation and decide whether or not there will be an option to compensate for the missed exam. Failure to follow this procedure will result in a zero for the exam.

  2. There will be instances when the student must make an individual choice about their ability to perform on an exam and will need to accept any and all consequences for that choice.

  3. If the absence is a result of a protracted illness, you should follow the procedure for obtaining a letter from the Office of the Dean of Students. The request may be made once the student recovers but not more than 10 business days after the date of absence.

  4. Information about final exams can be found in the Student Code: studentcode.illinois.edu



THE MOST DIRECT ROUTE TO 252 DAVENPORT HALL

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GENERAL INFORMATION & POLICIES OF MCB 408

  1. The course faculty and staff are in charge of the orderly conduct of students in class and may exclude a student who does not comply with a reasonable request in this regard.

  2. All students are assumed to have read and understood the Code Of Policies And Regulations Applying To All Students, University of Illinois, and will be expected to act accordingly.

    The Code is available online at: studentcode.illinois.edu

  3. Concerns over exam grading and exam absences should be directed to Alejandra Stenger. Concerns about lecture material and exam questions should be directed to Dr. Freund.

  4. The deadline for grade corrections on all items is ONE week after corrected items are returned or grades are received.

  5. Social Media Use:

    • Use of any social or electronic media to share information, request information or make confidential information public is prohibited. Any use of this type may earn you a zero or a more extreme penalty at the discretion of the instructor on an assignment or exam.

    • Any social media sites created in relation to MCB courses must grant access to course personnel upon request. Failure to provide access will result in a failing grade in the course for the group/site's administrator(s).

  6. Course Recordings:

    • Students are welcome and encouraged to make audio recordings of course lectures.

    • The material recorded is intellectual and copyrighted property of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees and may be made for personal use only.

    • Video recordings of any kind are strictly prohibited.

    • Posting of audio recordings or transcriptions on social or electronic media platforms is strictly prohibited.



ATTENDANCE POLICIES

  1. Regular class attendance is expected of all students at the University. (http://odos.illinois.edu/studentAssistance/absence/revised_code.asp)

  2. The Office of the Dean of Students will only provide informative letters to instructors for protracted illness of 3 or more days, certain emergencies and to be present during the serious illness of immediate family members (parents, legal guardian, spouse/partner, siblings, children, or grandparents). These letters do not excuse you from class but merely provide information for the instructor to consider with regard to excusing the absence and permitting make-up work. Students must request absence letters from the Office of the Dean of Students after the student has returned to class but not more than 10 business days after the last date of absence.

  3. Absences that may be excused without a letter include circumstances beyond the student's control such as medical treatment, surgery related to prolonged illness or injury, pregnancy, legal matters, citizenship or naturalization processes, or acts of nature which cause destruction to a primary residence or disrupt air travel. All will require documentation.

  4. Absences that may also be excused without a letter from the Dean of Students Office include job, graduate or professional school interviews, though a best effort should be made to schedule these events to minimize class attendance disruption. All will require documentation.

  5. Absences that will not be excused include family events such as reunions or weddings, or presence during serious illness of extended family members (aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, or cousin).

  6. Absences, when they occur after the first day of classes but prior to enrollment in the course, will require the use of dropped assignments if applicable.

  7. Absences will be handled according to individual course policy.

    1. Attendance will be recorded at every chapter presentation and session. Each student must sign the attendance sheet, be present for the entire discussion period, and participate in class discussion in order to receive 10 points for the class session. Students arriving more than 5 minutes late to the discussion room will be ineligible to earn 10 points for that day's class session.

    2. If you experience an illness (chronic, recurring or lasting three days or more) or other circumstance that causes an extended absence from class (lasting three days or more), please contact the Student Assistance Center in the Office of the Dean of Students during business hours (8:30 AM - 5:00 PM). This office is located on the 3rd floor of the Turner Student Services Building, 610 E. John Street, Champaign, 217-333-0050. A representative of that office will provide us with the necessary information to address your circumstance. Please fill out an online absence form for your course which can be found on the course website (https://apps.atlas.illinois.edu/MCB/McbAbsence).



MCB 408 GRADEBOOK

The MCB 408 Gradebook can be accessed directly at:

      https://apps.atlas.illinois.edu/Gradebook/

Scores on exams will be available for student review on the MCB 408 Gradebook. To check your scores, sign into the MCB 408 Web site and click on the Gradebook link and follow the instructions presented there. All students are responsible for checking their scores on the Gradebook after each exam is returned to them. Each student is responsible for reporting possible discrepancies to the TA and if immediate action is not taken, the student is responsible for bringing this to the attention of Alejandra Stenger within ONE week of receiving their graded score. Students are encouraged to keep all graded papers returned to them until after final grades are issued.

The final deadline for Gradebook corrections is 5:00 PM, Wednesday, 2 May 2018.

No Gradebook scores will be altered after this deadline so please be certain to check all your scores before this time.



EXAMS

Exams will be multiple choice. Material for exams will be drawn from the lectures, lecture materials, associated text readings.

All grades are entered into the Gradebook. Once the exams have been administered, they become property of the students. Within one week of each exam, answers are posted. It is the student's responsibility to make certain that the grade on the Gradebook is correct. If a student believes that an error has been made, it should be brought to Alejandra Stenger's attention immediately.

The final exam is the property of the course and is not returned to students, nor are answers posted or made available in any way. Should a student feel that an error has been made in the grading of the final exam, that student should contact Alejandra Stenger.

Exam Time Day Date
Midterm Exam In class Thursday 15 March 2018
Final Exam 7:00-10:00 PM Monday 7 May 2018


CHAPTER PRESENTATIONS & FOLLOW UP

Students will be formed into groups (students should notify Alejandra Stenger of their group members via email during the first week), and each group will be responsible for presenting a chapter from the textbook to the class. All group members must participate in the presentation. The schedule for presentations is indicated on the course syllabus. Students are required to attend all 12 chapter presentations. Attendance will be taken. Students should email Alejandra Stenger (astenger@illinois.edu) the ppt slides of their presentation to be posted on the course website for students. At the end of the session students and Dr. Freund will assemble questions based on the presentation. These questions will be assigned to the groups for follow up.

The Thursdays after each chapter presentation, groups will present answers to the follow up questions from Tuesday. Students are also required to attend all 12 chapter follow up days. Attendance will be taken.

Dr. Freund will provide specific information regarding presentations in class. A narrative assessment will be given to evaluate the students' work. Details about the narrative assessment will be provided in class.



COURSE GRADING

Student grades in MCB 408 will be based on total of 1000 points. Categories are listed below:

  Chapter Presentation Attendance (Tuesdays) (12 @ 20 points each)   240  
  Chapter Follow Up Attendance (Thursdays) (12 @ 20 points each)   240  
  Chapter Presentation Day   220  
  Midterm Exam   150  
  Final Exam   150  

  Total   1000  points  

The point totals contained in the following table represent the use of the plus/minus grading system coupled with a 4.0 grade point system. The grade point values shown for each letter grade have been assigned by the University. Students who earn the points shown below (out of 1000 possible points), will be guaranteed the indicated letter grade. At semester's end, after the final exam, the faculty will analyze the course grade distribution, and may decrease (to accommodate poor class performance on an examination), but will not increase the points needed for each grade.



MCB 408 Standard Grade Scale

Letter Grade

Point Ranges

Grade Point Value

A+

1000–890

4.000

A

889–850

4.000

A-

849–810

3.667

B+

809–770

3.333

B

769–730

3.000

B-

729–690

2.667

C+

689–650

2.333

C

649–610

2.000

C-

609–570

1.667

D+

569–530

1.333

D

529–490

1.000

D-

489–450

0.667

F

449–0

0.000



STATEMENT ON ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

  1. Science cannot exist without honesty. The faculty and staff of MCB 408 require students, as scientists-in-the-making, to hold the highest standards of scientific and academic conduct. Any form of cheating on any graded work in this course is unacceptable, and will be dealt with as outlined below, and in accordance with the University-wide standards in the Code of Policies and Regulations Applying to All Students.

  2. We require that all graded work be entirely your own, and that anything you write using the words of other writers be correctly attributed. Some specific points follow:

    • On exams, the answers that your turn in for grading must be your own, formulated during the exam from your own understanding of the material and without any supporting information, be it written, verbal or electronic. Copying the work of another student, or allowing another to copy your work, or copying work from any other source, is unacceptable. Since we cannot always monitor you as you complete your work, we must rely upon appearance of your work from which to judge. If the work you submit resembles that of another student or another source too closely, we may conclude that it was not your original work. Always make a conscious effort to complete your work on your own and to protect it from the view of others, in order to ensure that it will be seen as your own. Failure to adhere to these standards for any portion of an exam may result in a grade of zero for the entire exam for all persons involved.

    • Texting, or the use of a cell phone for any purpose, during an exam is prohibited. Doing so may earn you a zero or a more extreme penalty on the exam at the discretion of the instructor.

    • Use of any social or electronic media to share information, request information or make confidential information public is prohibited. Any use of this type may earn you a zero on the exam or a more extreme penalty at the discretion of the instructor.



UNIVERSITY INFORMATION ON STUDENT SAFETY

Active Threats:

  • General Emergency Response Recommendations (Emergency Response Guide)

  • Security Threat. The Department of Homeland Security and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Office of Campus Emergency Planning recommend the following three responses to any emergency on campus:
    RUN > HIDE > FIGHT

  • Only follow these actions if safe to do so. When in doubt, follow your instincts - you are your best advocate!

  • RUN - Action taken to leave an area for personal safety.

    • Take the time to learn the different ways to leave your building before there is an emergency.
    • Evacuations are mandatory for fire alarms and when directed by authorities! No exceptions!
    • Evacuate immediately. Pull manual fire alarm to prompt a response for others to evacuate.
    • Take critical personal items only (keys, purse, and outerwear) and close doors behind you.
    • Assist those who need help, but carefully consider whether you may put yourself at risk.
    • Look for Exit signs indicating potential egress/escape routes.
    • If you are not able to evacuate, go to an Area of Rescue Assistance, as indicated on the campus plan.
    • Evacuate to Evacuation Assembly Area, as indicated on the campus plan.
    • Remain at Evacuation Assembly Area until additional instructions are given.
    • Alert authorities to those who may need assistance.
    • Do not re-enter building until informed by emergency response personnel that it is safe to return.
    • Active Threat: IF it is safe to do so, run out of the building. Get as far away as possible. Do NOT go to the Evacuation Assembly Area.
  • HIDE - Action taken to seek immediate shelter indoors when emergency conditions do not warrant or allow evacuation.

    • Severe Weather:
      • If you are outside, proceed to the nearest protective building.
      • If sheltering-in-place due to severe weather, proceed to the identified Storm Refuge Area or to the lowest, most interior area of the building away from windows or hazardous equipment or materials.
    • Active Threat:
      • Lock or barricade your area.
      • Get to a place where the threat cannot see you.
      • Place cell phones on silent.
      • Do not make any noise.
      • Do not come out until you receive an Illini-Alert advising you it is safe.
  • FIGHT - Action taken as a last resort to increase your odds of survival.

    • Active Threat: If you cannot run away safely or hide, be prepared to fight with anything available to increase your odds for survival.



We Care at Illinois (http://www.wecare.illinois.edu)

Title IX makes it clear that violence and harassment based on sex and gender are Civil Rights offenses subject to the same kinds of accountability and the same kinds of support applied to offenses against other protected categories such as race, national origin, etc. If you or someone you know has been harassed or assaulted, you can find the appropriate resources here: http://oiir.illinois.edu/sites/prod/files/SexualMisconduct_ResourceGuide.pdf

University Police Department, Emergency, 9,-911; Non-emergency, 217-333-8911
Counseling Center, 110 Student Services Bldg., 610 E. John St., 217-333-3704
McKinley Health Center, General Information, 217-333-2701
McKinley Mental Health Center, 1109 S. Lincoln, 217-333-2705
Dean of Students, 300 Turner Students Services Bldg, 610 E. John St., 217-333-0050
Local Sexual Assault Center, RACES, 217-384-4444
Women's Resources Center, 703 South Wright Street, 2nd Floor, 217-333-3137

For campus assistance and support:
The Office of Diversity, Equity and Access (ODEA): http://diversity.illinois.edu
Discrimination & Harassment Prevention
Title IX
Accessibility & Accommodations
Inclusive Illinois

Student Resources: for student-centered advocacy programs and services: https://mcb.illinois.edu/undergrad/advising/resources/