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IMM3042 - Clinical immunopathology

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Science

Leader: Associate Professor Jennifer Rolland and Dr John Emmins


Clayton Second semester 2007 (Day)


This unit will review the pathogenesis, diagnosis and treatment of disorders associated with an excessive, defective or unwarranted immune response. Disorders include autoimmune diseases, allergy, immunodeficiency states, leukemia/ lymphoma and transplant rejection. Prospects for tumour vaccines will also be discussed. How new insight into the cellular and molecular nature of the immune system is enabling improved diagnosis and more effective control of these disorders will be demonstrated. 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 appreciate the normal function and regulation of the immune system; understand the pathogenesis of disorders of the immune system including autoimmunity, allergy, immunodeficiency, leukemia/lymphoma and transplant rejection; have a knowledge of tests for diagnosis of immune disorders; understand strategies for immunosuppression and immunopotentiation to correct these disorders; 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 session per week


IMM2011. BMS2052 or BND2042. Recommended: IMM3031, IMM3051


IMM3062 (recommended)