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BMED13-216: Immunology


Using an approach which is based largely upon case studies (Problem Based Learning), students will learn about cells and molecules of the immune system and how they work together to protect us against invading micro-organisms. As the semester progresses, a more clinical emphasis develops, with students learning about hypersensitivities, immune deficiencies, autoimmune disease, vaccination and transplantation & tumour immunology. Lectures will support PBL sessions and laboratory sessions.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Health Sciences & Medicine
Semesters offered
  • September 2019 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Medicine
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2018: $4,247
  • Commencing in 2019: $4,290

Learning outcomes

1. Demonstrate high level oral and written communication skills where they are able to understand and explain in detail:a) the elements that comprise the immune system and their various rolesb) the role and structure of the various classes of immunoglobulins (antibodies)c) B-cell development and how B-cell diversity is generatedd) T-cell development and how T-cells recognise antigene) The difference between T-cell and B-cell mediated immunityf) Various aspects of clinical immunology; namely- defences against infection- immune deficiencies- hypersensitivities- autoimmune disease- transplantation immunology and- tumour immunology.
2. Search the current scientific literature, critically appraise information retrieved and present a succinct summary of that information to their peers.
3. Work successfully in a group, cooperating and sharing information, delegating tasks and using the group's combined knowledge to solve problems in a number of learning environments, for example, PBL tutorials, laboratory sessions

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 opens15/07/2018
Semester start10/09/2018
Subject start10/09/2018
Cancellation 1?24/09/2018
Cancellation 2?01/10/2018
Last enrolment23/09/2018
Last withdrawal?05/10/2018
Teaching census?05/10/2018