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Students who commenced study in 2016 should refer to this area of study entry for direction on the requirments; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your area of study.

Commencement year

This area of study entry applies to students commencing this course in 2016 and should be read in conjunction with the relevant course entry in the Handbook.

Any units listed for this area of study relate only to the 'Requirements' outlined in the Faculty of Science component of any bachelors double degrees.

Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.

Managing faculty

Faculty of Science

Offered by

Department of Immunology

Coordinator

Associate Professor Frank Alderuccio (Department of Immunology)

Websites

Faculty of Science

Department of Immunology

Location

Clayton

Immunology is the study of the immune system that protects us from harmful pathogens such as bacteria and viruses. It is the basis of why vaccination against deadly diseases works. However, the immune system is also important in many other diseases or disorders, including cancer, allergy, autoimmunity and rejection of transplanted tissues. There is also emerging evidence that links immunity to areas such as cardiovascular disease, mental health and diet. Immunology is central to many aspects of health and researchers are currently investigating how we can treat immune-based diseases and how we can manipulate the immune system to provide better health to individuals.

Immunology provides a solid grounding in the key aspects of the immune system and its role in health and disease. The study of immunology at Monash involves both theory and practical class experiences and delivered by active researchers or teachers with a deep understanding of the immune system.

Immunology can be a standalone subject but also complements many other areas of the biomedical sciences. The knowledge or application of immunology is useful across many areas of academic research, medicine, biotechnology, teaching or areas such as government or patent offices dealing with scientific matters. Graduates will also gain the knowledge to educate others in the community about important social issues related to immunology such as vaccination.

Availability

Immunology is listed in S2000 Bachelor of Science, S3001 Bachelor of Science Advanced - Global Challenges (Honours) and S3002 Bachelor of Science Advanced - Research (Honours) at Clayton as a major, extended major or minor.

The immunology major and extended major are not available in the double degree course S2007 Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Biomedical Science.

Outcomes

In addition to achieving the broad outcomes of their course, students successfully completing this major will be able to:

  • define and describe the principle features associated with the structure, development and function of the immune system through theoretical and practical based knowledge
  • define the physical, cellular and molecular processes associated with the development of pathologies exemplified by processes of inflammatory, immunological haematological and neoplastic disorders through theoretical and practical based knowledge
  • demonstrate the role of science and the scientific process in identifying the key questions, issues and challenges associated with Immunology and immunity or human disease and how this can used to design and examine effective solutions, through written or oral based tasks.

Units

Minor requirements (24 points)

12 points at level 1 and 12 points at level 2.

Students complete the following four units (12 points):

Major requirements (48 points)

12 points at level 1, 12 points at level 2 and 24 points at level 3.

Students complete:

(a.) The requirements for the minor in Immunology (24 points)

(b.) The following three units (18 points):

  • IMM3031 Molecular and cellular immunology
  • IMM3042 Clinical immunopathology
  • IMM3051 Principles of applied immunology

(c.) One unit from the following (6 points):

  • IMM3062 Clinical and research laboratory immunology
  • IMM3990 Immunology in action research project

Extended major requirements (72 points)

12 points at level 1, 24 points at level 2 and 36 points at level 3.

Students complete:

(a.) The requirements for the minor in Immunology (24 points)

(b.) The following six units (36 points):

  • MCB2011 Molecular biology and the cell
  • DEV2011 Early human development from cells to tissues
  • IMM3031 Molecular and cellular immunology
  • IMM3042 Clinical immunopathology
  • IMM3051 Principles of applied immunology
  • HUP3011 Human pathology 1: understanding disease processes

(c.) Two units chosen from the following (12 points):

  • IMM3062 Clinical and research laboratory immunology
  • IMM3990 Immunology in action research project
  • HUP3022 Human pathology 2: Pathology of human diseases
  • HUP3990 Human pathology in action research project

Requirements for progressing to honours

24 points of relevant level 3 units, of which normally 18 points are immunology or biochemistry, developmental biology, human pathology, microbiology, pharmacology and physiology units.

Refer to S3701 Bachelor of Science (Honours) for full details.

Relevant courses

Bachelors

Single degrees

Successful completion of this area of study can be counted towards meeting the requirements for the following single degrees:*

  • S2000 Bachelor of Science
  • S3001 Bachelor of Science Advanced - Global Challenges (Honours)
  • S3002 Bachelor of Science Advanced - Research (Honours)

Students in other single bachelor's degrees may be eligible to complete the minor or major by using 24 or 48 points of their free electives.

Double degrees

Successful completion of this area of study can be counted towards meeting the requirements for the Bachelor of Science component in the following double degrees:*

  • B2023 Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Science
  • B2016 Bachelor of Commerce Specialist and Bachelor of Science
  • D3005 Bachelor of Education (Honours) and Bachelor of Science
  • E3007 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Science
  • C2003 Bachelor of Information Technology and Bachelor of Science
  • L3007 Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Science
  • S2006 Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts
  • S2004 Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Computer Science
  • S2003 Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Global Studies
  • S2005 Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Music

* Students cannot complete a minor, major or extended major in the same area of study.