- Code BIOL3144
- Unit Value 6 units
- 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
This course will teach the biology of the Immune system and apply this knowledge to an understanding of human disease and basic immunological research. In a series of lectures, seminars and tutorials, it will provide a fundamental understanding of the immune response in its entirety, then build on this foundation to study the application of immunological knowledge to human disease (autoimmunity, immunodeficiency, allergy, neoplasia), how the immune system can be manipulated by directed therapeutics, how changes that accompany immunologic disease can be measured in the diagnostic laboratory, and how knowledge of the immune system can be extended by basic research. The course will help achieve an academic understanding of the immune system for future practice in the biological sciences including medicine (where the foundation principles in this course will be invaluable) or as a prelude to applied research into human disease, including animal models.
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:
- Demonstrate detailed knowledge of how the immune system normally responds to infection.
- Apply knowledge and incorporate principles to show how aberrations in immuno-regulation underlie autoimmunity, immunodeficiency, allergy and cancer.
- Explain how such aberrations can be measured in the laboratory and potentially corrected by directed therapeutics.
- Acquire, analyse and interpret experimental data on research in immunology.
- Critically evaluate the current literature to assimilate views on the latest findings.
Indicative AssessmentAssessment will be based on:
- Presentation of summary topics in tutorials (LO 5, 10%)
- Flow cytometry assignment (LO 1-4, 10%)
- Presentation of journal article (LO 5, 10%)
- On-line MCQs (LO 1-4, 10%)
- Written examination (LO 1-4, 60%)
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WorkloadTwo to three lectures / seminars per week.
One 3-hour flow cytometry practical
One tutorial most weeks (two will include assessment presentations)
In addition, the course requires a substantial number of self-assigned (i.e. non-contact) hours.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsJaneway - Immunobiology (9th edition)
Assumed KnowledgeRecommended Course: BIOL3141
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