• Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Biology
  • Areas of interest Health, Medicine and the Body
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Helen O'Neill
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2014
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The antigen-specific immune response will be considered in depth. The course will cover aspects of:

  • Development and differentiation of B and T lymphocytes
  • Antigen processing and presentation
  • Lymphocyte activation and immune regulation.  

Topics for further study will be selected from:  

  • Immunotherapy
  • Autoimmunity
  • Transplantation
  • Immunodeficiency
  • Mucosal immunity
  • Lymphoproliferative diseases
  • Cytokines
  • Tumour immunology
  • Viral immunology

Practical work will focus on immunology related to disease states involving 'research directions' seminars given by researchers at ANU, class discussions or tutorials, and literature research assignments.  

Note: Graduate students attend joint classes with undergraduates but are assessed separately.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

1. Predict how the immune system will respond to disease, cancer or pathogens
2. Think strategically about developmental aspects of immunity and potential immunotherapies
3. Apply diagnostic reasoning to understanding disease states and their immunological cause
4. Interpret experimental data on research in immunology and evaluate research papers in terms of their contribution to the field
5. Read and summarise the literature critically and formulate hypotheses for further experimentation

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be based on:

    • Quiz (15%; LO 1, 2, 3, 4)

    • Assignment (20%; LO 1, 2, 3, 4)

    • Essay (%20; LO 3, 4, 5)

    • Final exam (45%; LO 1, 2, 3, 4)

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      Two lectures and up to three hours of practical, seminar or tutorial work per week.

      Requisite and Incompatibility

      You will need to contact the Biology Teaching and Learning Centre to request a permission code to enrol in this course.


      Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

      If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

      Student Contribution Band:
      Unit value:
      6 units

      If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

      Units EFTSL
      6.00 0.12500
      Domestic fee paying students
      Year Fee
      1994-2003 $1650
      2004 $2160
      2005 $2520
      2006 $2520
      2007 $2520
      2008 $2916
      2009 $2916
      2010 $2916
      2011 $2946
      2012 $2946
      2013 $2946
      2014 $2946
      International fee paying students
      Year Fee
      1994-2003 $3606
      2004 $3618
      2005 $3618
      2006 $3618
      2007 $3618
      2008 $3618
      2009 $3618
      2010 $3750
      2011 $3756
      2012 $3756
      2013 $3756
      2014 $3762
      Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

      Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

      The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
      Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

      Second Semester

      Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
      7126 21 Jul 2014 08 Aug 2014 31 Aug 2014 30 Oct 2014 In Person N/A

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