Immunology in Human Disease (IMMU3202)


This study unit builds on the series of lectures that outlined the general properties of the immune system, effector lymphocytes and their functions, delivered in the core courses, IMMU2101 - Introductory Immunology and BMED2404 - Microbes, Infection and Immunity (formerly IMMU2001 and BMED2807). We emphasise fundamental concepts to provide a scientific basis for studies in clinical immunology; dysfunctions of the immune system e.g. autoimmune disease, immunodeficiencies, and allergy, and immunity in terms of host - pathogen interactions. This unit has a strong focus on significant clinical problems in immunology and the scientific background to these problems. The unit includes lectures from research scientists and clinicians covering areas such as allergy, immunodeficiency, autoimmune disease and transplantation. This course provides challenging information from the forefront of clinical immunology and helps the student develop an understanding of immune responses in human health and disease. Three lectures (1 hour each) will be given each fortnight: 2 lectures in one week and one lecture the following week, for the duration of the course. This unit directly complements the unit "Molecular and Cellular Immunology IMMU3102" and students are very strongly advised to undertake these study units concurrently.

Further unit of study information


Three 1 hour lectures, one tutorial and one 4 hour practical per fortnight.


Formal examination (one 2 hour exam) and Progressive assessment including written, practical and oral based assessments (100%).


Abbas, AK, Lichtman, AH and Pillai, S. Cellular and Molecular Immunology 7th edition. 2011. Elsevier

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

IMMU2101 and 6cp of Intermediate units of study from Biochemistry, or Biology or Microbiology or Molecular Biology and Genetics or Pharmacology or Physiology. For BMedSc: 18 credit points of BMED including (BMED2401 and BMED2404) or BMED2807.

Intermediate biochemistry and molecular biology and genetics.


IMMU3002 or BMED3003 or IMMU3903

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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.