Introductory Immunology (IMMU2101)

UNIT OF STUDY

Our immune system not only protects us from viruses, bacteria, and parasites, it can prevent the growth of tumours. Sometimes our immune system can be the cause of diseases like multiple sclerosis, Type 1 diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis. If you are interested in studying how our immune system works to keep us alive, then Introductory Immunology is for you. This unit of study will provide an overview of the immune system and the essential features of immune responses. You will be treated to a lecture course delivered by cutting edge immunologists that begins with a study of immunology as a basic research science. This includes an introduction to the nature of the cells and molecules involved in the immune response. We build on this foundation by introducing the immunological principles underlying the eradication of infectious diseases, successful vaccination strategies, organ transplantation, combatting autoimmune diseases and treating cancer. The integrated tutorials will build on the lecture material as well as provide you with instructions on how to successfully locate and critically analyse scientific literature. The practical sessions will further illustrate particular concepts introduced in the lecture program and provide you with valuable exposure to a variety of very important immunological techniques.

Further unit of study information

Classes

Two 1 hour lectures per week, one 2-3 hour tutorial or practical per week.

Assessment

Progressive assessment: includes written, practical, oral and online based assessments (50%); Formal assessment: one 2 hour examination (50%).

Textbooks

Abul K Abbas, Andrew H Lichtman & Shiv Pillai. Basic Immunology: Functions and Disorders of the Immune System. 4th Ed. 2013

Faculty/department permission required?

No

Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

24 credit points of Junior units of study from any of the Science discipline areas.

Assumed knowledge: Junior Biology and Junior Chemistry.

Prohibitions

BMED2404, IMMU2001, BMED2506, BMED2807

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.