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Acquired Immunity Lecture Materials

These are the Immunology: Acquired Immunity Lecture materials of the Virtual Microbiology Classrooms (8-week & 16-week). The resources below are used to supplement an actual college microbiology course.

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You have free access to a large collection of materials used in a college-level introductory microbiology course. The Virtual Microbiology Classroom provides a wide range of free educational resources including PowerPoint Lectures, Study Guides, Review Questions and Practice Test Questions.
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These lecture learning objectives are a study guide based on the VMC Immunology - Acquired Immunity Lecture PowerPoint Show:

  • Which leukocytes are part of nonspecific immune function? Which are part of specific immune function?
  • What is our third line of defense against pathogens? What are its components?
  • Understand what antigens are, and be able to describe the different types.
  • Be able to describe what an epitope is. What is another term for epitope?
  • Understand what antibodies are, what they can do, and which cell type produces them.
  • What are antigen presenting cells?
  • Know the function and components of the lymphatic system to the level that we discussed in lecture/PPT.
  • Know the different types of lymphocytes and their functions.
  • What are B cells? Name the types and describe what they do.
  • What are T cells? Name the types and describe what they do.
  • What is the humoral immune response? Which cells and chemicals are involved?
  • What is the relationship between B-cells and T-cells in the humoral immune response?
  • What is cell-mediated immune response? Which cells and chemicals are involved?
  • What is the difference between specific and nonspecific immune function? Which aspects of immune function are nonspecific and which are specific?

Versions of Acquired Immunity PPT:​

Printing: The best way for students to print out the PowerPoint Show is to download the PDF version. Select Print, and, when the Print screen comes up, go to the Print Handling options. Under Page Scaling, select "Multiple pages per sheet". Under Pages Per Sheet, select "2". That uses up less paper, placing two slides on each page.

Immunology: Acquired Immunity Lecture materials include:
  • list of learning objectives
  • PowerPoint lecture   
  • homework assignment
  • practice test & review questions

Microbiology Lab Videos

What might happen if a deadly new infectious disease hit the scene? 

The film "Contagion" provides an excellent opportunity to learn about infectious disease, how it spreads and which organizations would be involved in tracking and controlling a dangerous outbreak.

Completing the Contagion Extra Credit Assignment will help you better understand this complex film.
Word document of a homework assignment that prompts students to explore the aspects of innate and acquired immunity that might be involved in a Chlamydia trachomatis infection. This tool helps the students review their understanding of how the immune system protects the body from infection, while allowing the instructor to assess the class' understanding of the material. 

These multiple-choice / matching practice test questions and essay review questions are designed to help you better understand the material from this lecture.

  • Immune System Defender, online game from the Nobel Prize website. Use your force of white blood cells to destroy invading bacteria, before they overpopulate and cause disease.