Medical and Applied Immunology

Subject 526-305 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 lectures (three per week)
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours

526-304 Principles of Immunology.

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study and reasonable steps will be made to enhance a student’s participation in the University’s programs. Students who feel their disability may impact upon their participation are encouraged to discuss this with the subject coordinator and the Disability Liaison Unit.


Assoc Prof Andrew Geoffrey Brooks, Assoc Prof Stephen John Turner
Subject Overview:

The subject provides an in-depth study of cell interactions in the immune response: natural and acquired immunity to bacteria, viruses and ­parasites; design of vaccines; immunodeficiency, including HIV/AIDS; immunopathology of infection; autoimmunity, its aetiology, pathogenesis and treatment; and current practice and future perspectives in transplantation and tumour immunology.

By the end of the subject students should be able to understand and discuss:

  • cell interactions in immunity as they relate to medical and applied aspects of immunology;

  • the mechanisms of natural and acquired immunity to bacteria, viruses and parasites, and mechanisms of evasion of these responses, and how this knowledge relates to vaccine design;

  • the problems of immunopathology and immunodeficiency in infection;

  • the aetiology, pathogenesis and treatment of autoimmunity;

  • the problems of transplantation and how they are overcome; and

  • the potential of immunotherapy and vaccines against cancer.

Students should have developed skills in analysing experimental evidence for immunological concepts.

They should appreciate the experimental basis of our knowledge of the immune response and how this knowledge can be extrapolated to practical applications.


A 1-hour written examination held mid-semester (20%); a 3-hour written examination in the examination period (80%).

Prescribed Texts: “Janeway’s Immunobiology” (Murphy et al) 7th edn, 2008
Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Notes: Students enrolled in the BSc (pre-2008 BSc), BASc or a combined BSc course will receive science credit for the completion of this subject.
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Biomedical Science
Graduate Diploma in Biotechnology
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Immunology

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