Applied Clinical Immunology (INIM5016)
UNIT OF STUDY
The course will have two concurrent themes. Clinical: this theme will concentrate on the immunological methods used to evaluate human disease and will include the theoretical basis for tests of immune function, practical laboratory application of assays based on these principles and case-based seminars. Research: This theme will focus on understanding the investigation of immune function with lectures and practical sessions reviewing current molecular and cellular approaches and seminars based on study of current literature and classic papers in Immunology. Instruction will comprise lectures on the immunopathology of disease and the immunological methods used in diagnosis and research; laboratory classes on methods and techniques used in clinical diagnosis and research investigations; and tutorials involving clinical cases, journal article reviews, review of laboratory problems and seminars consisting of presentation of specified topics researched by individual students. The learning objectives of this unit are to understand the immunological basis for infection and immunity and how these concepts are core to and applied in the diagnostic pathology laboratory; to understand how the immune system causes and prevents disease, the use and performance of immunological tests in the investigation of disease and methods of investigation of the immune system; to develop effective skills in problem-solving and self-directed learning and to foster advanced verbal and written communication skills.
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1x1hr lecture/week; 1x3hr practical classes or tutorials or seminars/week
1x2hr formal written examination (50%), progressive assessments including tutorial assignment, seminar presentation, and one formative assessment (50%).
Clinical Immunology and Serology: A Laboratory Perspective, 3nd Edition Stevens CD. F. A. Davis Company, Philadelphia, 2010.
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