Unit description

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.

Unit content

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

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

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • Owen, J, Punt, J & Stanford, S, 2013, Kuby Immunology, 7th edn, Freeman, W.H. & Company, USA. ISBN: 978-1-4292-1919-8.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Workshop on-site 2 hrs (Wk 12)
Lecture online 1 hr 40 mins/wk (12 wks)
Workshop on-site 1 hr (Wks 3,5,8,10)
Laboratory session 4 hrs (Wks 3,5,8,10)
Exam: closed book60%
Competency Check20%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


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