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IMM3031 - Molecular and cellular immunology

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Science

Leader: Associate Professor Jennifer Rolland and Dr John Emmins


Clayton First semester 2007 (Day)


This unit examines in depth important features of development and function of the immune system in health and disease. Areas covered include development of the innate and adaptive immune system, antigen processing and presentation, maturation of the immune response, self tolerance and regulation. Advanced techniques in immunology will be presented including the relevance of genetic engineering. Skills will also be developed in searching and critically reviewing the literature, in assignment writing and oral presentation.


On completion of this unit students will: have an advanced knowledge of the key features of the immune system; comprehend the integrated nature of the immune system; understand the molecular basis for generation of diversity and self-tolerance in the immune system; appreciate the application of genetic engineering to the understanding of immune responses; appreciate the relevance of the immune system to infection and disease; have developed competence in accessing and reviewing scientific literature, critical appraisal of data, and oral and written communication.


One multiple choice examination during semester: 15%
Tutorial assessments: 15%
One assignment (1500 words): 10%
One 3-hour examination: 60%

Contact hours

Three 1-hour lectures and one 2-hour tutorial/self directed learning sessions per week


IMM2011 or BMS2052 or BND2042


IMM3051 is highly recommended