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IMM2011 - Function of the immune system

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Science

Leader: Associate Professor Jennifer Rolland and Dr Frank Alderuccio


Clayton First semester 2007 (Day)


Introduction to the fundamental concepts of the immune system and its response to infectious organisms. Structure of the immune system, specificity and diversity and mechanisms by which it distinguishes self from nonself. Development and function of antibodies and cell mediated immunity. Communication within the immune system to maximize responses and downregulation following clearance of organisms. Immunological memory. Techniques for identifying components of the immune system and assaying immune responses to microorganisms. Flexible learning options will include on-line material, audio-taped lectures, quizzes and interactive tutorials.


On completion of this unit, students will understand the structure and function of the immune system as a defence mechanism against microbial pathogens. They will also be able to test for specific immune responses to microorganisms.


Mid-semester multi-choice examination on theory and practical classes: 15%
Written theory examination: 50%
Practical reports and participation: 35%

Contact hours

Three 1-hour lectures and one three-hour practical per week


BIO1022 or BMS1021 or BMS1062. Recommended CHM1031 or VCE Chemistry