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IMM3042

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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Science
OfferedClayton Second semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Mark Wright

Synopsis

This unit will review the pathogenesis, diagnosis and treatment of disorders associated with an excessive, defective or unwarranted immune response. Disorders include autoimmune diseases, allergy, immunodeficiency states, leukaemia/ lymphoma and transplant rejection. Prospects for tumour vaccines will also be discussed. How new insight into the cellular and molecular nature of the immune system is enabling improved diagnosis and more effective control of these disorders will be demonstrated. Skills will also be developed in searching and critically reviewing the literature, in assignment writing and oral presentation.

Objectives

On completion of this unit, students will appreciate the normal function and regulation of the immune system; understand the pathogenesis of disorders of the immune system including autoimmunity, allergy, immunodeficiency, leukaemia/lymphoma and transplant rejection; have a knowledge of tests for diagnosis of immune disorders; understand strategies for immunosuppression and immunopotentiation to correct these disorders; have developed competence in accessing and reviewing scientific literature, critical appraisal of data, and oral and written communication.

Assessment

Two multiple choice examinations during semester: each 7.5%
Tutorial assessments: 15%
One assignment: 10%
One 3-hour examination: 60%

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Mark Wright

Contact hours

Three 1-hour lectures and one 2-hour tutorial/self directed learning session per week

Prerequisites

IMM2011 or BMS2052 or MIC2022 or BND2042. Recommended: IMM3031, IMM3051

Co-requisites

IMM3062 (recommended)