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BMED13-216: Immunology


This subject provides students with a foundation in the cells and molecules involved in the immune system, and how these key actors work together to protect humans against invading micro-organisms. Case studies are a key learning resource, with students actively embarking into a problem based learning (PBL) approach, and incrementally being introduced to real applied clinical problems including hypersensitivities, immune deficiencies, autoimmune disease, infections, transplantation and tumour immunological responses.  Lecture content will support PBL and laboratory sessions.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Health Sciences & Medicine
Semesters offered
  • September 2020 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Medicine
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2020: $4,340

Learning outcomes

1. Compare and contrast the different lines of defences of the Innate and Adaptive immunities in regards to specificity, duration of action, speed of action, and immune memory.
2. Explain the panel of elements (molecular and cellular) that comprise both arms of the immune system including their respective roles (B cell-derived production of antibodies and T cell-mediated Adaptive immunity and cytotoxicity), development and selection processes of B and T cells, and their functions regarding antigenic recognition and diversity.
3. Discuss various aspects of clinical immunology including defences against infection, immune deficiencies, hypersensitivities, autoimmune disease, transplantation immunology, and tumour immunology.
4. Identify and critically appraise current scientific literature and communicate findings credibly in both oral and written form.
5. Demonstrate effective collaboration to solve a range of immunological associated disorders and syndromes.

Enrolment requirements

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Assumed knowledge:

Assumed knowledge is the minimum level of knowledge of a subject area that students are assumed to have acquired through previous study. It is the responsibility of students to ensure they meet the assumed knowledge expectations of the subject. Students who do not possess this prior knowledge are strongly recommended against enrolling and do so at their own risk. No concessions will be made for students’ lack of prior knowledge.

Assumed Prior Learning (or equivalent):

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Subject outlines

Subject dates

Standard Offering
Enrolment opens14/07/2019
Semester start09/09/2019
Subject start09/09/2019
Cancellation 1?23/09/2019
Cancellation 2?30/09/2019
Last enrolment22/09/2019
Withdraw – Financial?05/10/2019
Withdraw – Academic?26/10/2019
Teaching census?04/10/2019
Standard Offering
Enrolment opens02/08/2020
Semester start14/09/2020
Subject start14/09/2020
Cancellation 1?28/09/2020
Cancellation 2?05/10/2020
Last enrolment27/09/2020
Withdraw – Financial?10/10/2020
Withdraw – Academic?31/10/2020
Teaching census?09/10/2020