Unit description

Extends student knowledge of the immune system, including concepts of innate and acquired immune responses and how it develops specificity and diversity. This unit is designed to give students essential knowledge of the immune system that will be useful in many areas of biomedical science.

Unit content

Topic 1: Innate immunity           

Topic 2: Cells and tissues involved in mounting immune responses

Topic 3: The complement system         

Topic 4: Antibody: structure and function

Topic 5: Mechanisms of humoral immunity        

Topic 6: Antibody technology

Topic 7: Antigen processing and presentation

Topic 8: The roles of T cells: help to B cells, CMI and memory

Topic 9: Cytokines and receptors in the immune system    

Topic 10: Lymphocyte development and differentiation

Topic 11 Disorders of the immune system

Topic 12: MHC gene subtypes, their evolutionary diversity and their importance in transplantation of organs.

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Teaching and assessment


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Fee information


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