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.
Two 1 hour lectures per week, one 2-3 hour tutorial or practical per week.
Progressive assessment: includes written, practical, oral and online based assessments (50%); Formal assessment: one 2 hour examination (50%).
Abul K Abbas, Andrew H Lichtman and Shiv Pillai. Basic Immunology: Functions and Disorders of the Immune System. 5th Ed. 2016
This is a prerequisite unit of study for IMMU3102, IMMU3202, IMMU3902 and IMMU3903. The completion of 6 credit points of MBLG units of study is highly recommended.
BIOL1XX8 or BIOL1XX7 or BIOL1XX3 or BIOL1XX2 or MEDS1X01 or MBLG1XX1Prohibitions
BMED2401 or BMED2402 or BMED2403 or BMED2404 or BMED2405 or BMED2406 or BMED2801 or BMED2802 or BMED2803 or BMED2804 or BMED2805 or BMED2806 or BMED2807 or BMED2808