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IMM3802

Faculty of Science

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Science
Organisational UnitSchool of Science, Sunway
OfferedGippsland Second semester 2013 (Day)
Sunway Second semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor David Piedrafita (Gippsland); Professor Chow Sek Chuen (Sunway)

Synopsis

This unit aims to introduce students to some fundamental aspects of immunology. It reviews the normal immune response to foreign antigens and how it provides defence against micro-organisms, and also the pathogenesis and diagnosis of disorders associated with an excessive, defective or unwarranted immune response. Disorders discussed include autoimmune diseases, allergies, immunodeficiency states, leukaemia/ lymphoma and transplants. Students will also be introduced to the practical aspects of laboratory immunology. Techniques used in clinical and research immunology laboratories will be presented during practical classes.

Outcomes

On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Describe the normal function, regulation and anatomy of the immune system and how it provides defence against micro-organisms;

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of pathogenesis of disorders of the immune system and strategies for immunosuppression and immunopotentiation to correct these disorders;

  1. Apply principles of immunological techniques used in diagnostic and research laboratories;

  1. Demonstrate advanced scientific report writing and team work skills.

Assessment

Assignments: 20%
Practical reports: 20%
Mid-semester test: 10%
and Final examination (3 hours): 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

Three 1-hour lectures, one 3-hour practical class and one 1-hour tutorial per week

Prerequisites

Completion of at least 12 points of biology and medical bioscience units. Recommended: one unit each of first year chemistry and second year physiology.