Medical and Applied Immunology

Subject MIIM30003 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:

Semester 2, Parkville - 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

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 lectures (three per week)
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours

Students should have previously enrolled in:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: The prerequisite subjects provide an appropriate background for this subject.
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.
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Dr Sumone Chakravarti, Prof Stephen Turner


Assoc Prof Stephen Turner

Dr Sumone Chakravati

Administrative Coordinator:

Ms Chantelle Linnett

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.
Objectives: Upon completion 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.

  • 2 X 50 min written examinations held at around Week 5 and Week 10 of semester (2 X 15%).
  • A 2 hour written examination held in the examination period (70%)
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.

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Generic Skills: On completion of this subject, students should have developed the following generic skills:
  • the ability to interpret scientific literature and interpret data from electronic databases.
  • the capacity to integrate knowledge across disciplines.
  • the ability to comprehend a question, evaluate the relevant information and communicate an answer
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 Science
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Defence and Disease
Immunology (pre-2008 Bachelor of Science)
Microbiology, Infection and Immunology
Science credit subjects* for pre-2008 BSc, BASc and combined degree science courses

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