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IMM3062 - Clinical and research laboratory immunology

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Science

Leader(s): Dr John Emmins and Dr Kim Murphy


Clayton Second semester 2009 (Day)


Students will learn more advanced techniques used in clinical and research immunology laboratories. These include assays for lymphocyte proliferation, cytokines, cell mediated cytotoxicity, detection of antigen/antibody reaction by immunoblotting and immunoprecipitation, and detection of transgene by PCR. In vivo experimental models of immune disorders such as graft-versus-host disease are also examined. The course is laboratory based with tutorials covering theoretical aspects. Students will also conduct a six-week 'mini-project', working in small groups attached to a research laboratory. Students will plan, execute and report on the project and present their results in a research forum.


On completion of the unit students will have a good knowledge of clinical laboratory immunology; have acquired practical experience in advanced immunological techniques used in diagnostic and research laboratories; have developed skills in the planning and implementation of a research project, and in the analysis and interpretation of scientific data; be able to source information in the scientific literature and on the web concerning topics related to the discipline; have developed communication skills in scientific report writing and oral presentations.


Practical class reports: 15%
Research project report: 25%
One assignment (1000 words): 10%
One 3-hour practical examination: 50%

Contact hours

One 5-hour practical class including one 1-hour tutorial per week


IMM2011 or BMS2052 or MIC2022. IMM3031 and IMM3051 recommended.


IMM3042 (highly recommended)

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