• Offered by John Curtin School of Medical Research
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Biology
  • Areas of interest Medical Science, Cell and Molecular Biology, Immunology and Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Biomedical Science
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Julia Ellyard
    • Prof David Fulcher
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2018
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This course examines in detail all aspects of the biology of the immune system, and uses this foundation to study the application of immunobiology to human disease. Topics will include the innate immune system, antigen processing and presentation, HLA, B and T lymphocytes, and how the immune system provides a coordinated response to viral, bacterial and helminthic pathogens. This biology will then be applied to the understanding of the pathogenesis of human autoimmunity, allergy, immunodeficiency and cancer, how such diseases can be diagnosed in the diagnostic pathology laboratory, and the theoretical basis of new treatment strategies. Finally, the course will cover research methods including animal models that prepare for future research into human immunological disease, aided by close liaison with, and presentations by, leaders in immunological research at ANU. Practical demonstrations in flow cytometry will be complemented by small group tutorials examining specific topics in immunobiology and analysis of the latest publications in the field.

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. Explain how the immune system responds to infection, vaccination, cancer
  2. Discuss how human disease can result from aberrations in immune responses
  3. Apply diagnostic laboratory techniques to diagnose immunological diseases
  4. Plan established and consider new interventions to treat immunological disease
  5. Interpret experimental data on research in immunology
  6. Read the literature critically to assimilate views on new findings

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be based on:
  • Exam (50%; LO 1, 2, 3, 4)
  • Tutorial presentations (including Flow Prac, Topic review and Journal Analysis 5% each, total to15%; LO 1, 2, 3, 4)
  • Assignment (35%; LO 3, 4, 5)

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

    Requisite and Incompatibility

    To enrol in this course you must have completed BIOL2161, BIOL2142 and BIOL3141. Incompatible with BIOL6144.

    Prescribed Texts

    Janeway - Immunobiology (9th edition)

    Assumed Knowledge

    Recommended Course: BIOL3141




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    Student Contribution Band:
    Unit value:
    6 units

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    Units EFTSL
    6.00 0.12500
    Domestic fee paying students
    Year Fee
    2018 $4080
    International fee paying students
    Year Fee
    2018 $5760
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    Second Semester

    Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
    7404 23 Jul 2018 30 Jul 2018 31 Aug 2018 26 Oct 2018 In Person N/A

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