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BB1020 Cell Biology with Immunology 6.0 credits

The course covers the fundamental principles and knowledge in cell biology and immunology.

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus BB1020 (Spring 2012–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course consists of two parts:

  • Cellbiology 3.5 credits
  • Immunology 2.5 credits

Intended learning outcomes

The course aims to give introductory theoretical knowledge of the biology of the cell including structure, function and communication. The course also aims to give a basic understanding of the components and function of the immune system.

After completing the course the student should have obtained knowledge about:

  • Cell communication
  • The cell cycle
  • Cell renewal, differentiation and apoptosis.
  • Cell types and tissues
  • The nucleus
  • The extracellular matrix
  • Molecular aspects of cancer
  • Components of the immune system and their roles in defense, cell types and tissues
  • Development of B- and T-lymphocytes.
  • Innate and adaptive immunity.
  • Clonal selection.
  • Generation of T- and B-cell diversity.
  • Antigen recognition by T- lymphocytes and T-cell mediated immunity.
  • Humoral immunity (mediated by B cells and antibodies).
  • Failures of the immune system: Autoimmunity, allergy.

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

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Recommended prerequisites

Previous knowledge corresponding to BB1010 Introduction to Biotechnology.


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The Cell - A Molecular Approach, fifth edition (2009): Cooper and Hausman, American Society for Microbiology / Sinauer Associates, Inc., ISBN 978-0-87893-300-6


The Immune system, third edition av Peter Parham. 2009, Garland Publishing, London, ISBN 978-0-81534-146-8

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • TENA - Examination, 3,5 hp, betygsskala: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • TENB - Examination, 2,5 hp, betygsskala: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade

Passing grade on the two written exams, TENA (Cellbiology) and TENB (Immunology)

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Profile picture Torbjörn Gräslund

Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web BB1020

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Main field of study

Biotechnology, Technology

Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

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Cellbiology: Torbjörn Gräslund,

Supplementary information

The cellbiology part is mandatory for study year 1 and the immunology part is mandatory for study year 2 for CBIOT students.

Students are required to sign up at least two weeks in advance for examination.

The course is given provided at least seven students are admitted.