Extends students' knowledge of the immune system, including concepts of innate and acquired immune responses and how specificity and diversity develops. Provides foundations in haematology and transfusion science, including blood cell development, haemostasis, coagulation and transfusion reactions.
Topic 1: Foundation concepts, cells, organs and microenvironment of the immune system
Topic 2: Cell, organs and microenvironment of haematopoiesis, and the development of red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets
Topic 3: Innate immunity and the complement system
Topic 4: Antibody structure and function
Topic 5: T cell receptors, MHC and antigen presentation
Topic 6: Cellular immunity: T cell development, activation, differentiation and memory
Topic 7: Humoral immunity: B cell development, activation, differentiation and memory
Topic 8: B and T cell receptor signalling, and associated cytokines and chemokines
Topic 9: Effector responses: cellular and humoral-mediated immunity; immune responses in space and time
Topic 10: Allergy, hypersensitivity and chronic inflammation; Haemostasis and coagulation
Topic 11: Tolerance, autoimmunity and the importance of ABO and MHC cross-matching in tissue transplantation
Topic 12: Immunodeficiency disorders, immune responses to infectious diseases and vaccine development
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
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||discuss immune system development, innate and adaptive immunity, and the generation of immune memory and tolerance||Knowledge of a discipline|
|2||explain the development of blood cells, and discuss the different types of cells and their roles in haemostasis and coagulation||Knowledge of a discipline|
|3||describe the major histocompatibility complex molecules, their gene subtypes,and their importance in tissue transplantation||Knowledge of a discipline|
|4||explain the activation of immune cells, and compare immune responses to different groups of infectious diseases, and how this influences vaccine development||Knowledge of a discipline|
|5||compare and contrast dysfunctions of the immune system||Knowledge of a discipline|
|6||compare immunological laboratory techniques and discuss their applications in medical diagnosis and biomedical research||Knowledge of a discipline|
|7||generate, present and critically analyse experimental laboratory-based data to solve scientific problems||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline||Communication and social skills|
- Owen, J, Punt, J & Stanford, S, 2013, Kuby Immunology, 7th edn, Freeman, W.H. & Company, USA. ISBN: 978-1-4292-1919-8.
Teaching and assessment
Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2017 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 3
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