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IMM3051 - Principles of applied immunology

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Science

Leader: Dr John Emmins and Associate Professor Jennifer Rollad


Alfred Hospital First semester 2007 (Day)


This unit aims to introduce students to practical aspects of laboratory immunology. The course is laboratory based with tutorials to ensure a thorough theoretical understanding of techniques. Topics include the anatomy of the immune system, production of polyclonal antisera and monoclonal antibodies, structure and properties of immunoglobulins (antibodies), electrophoresis and other techniques for detection of antigen/antibody reactions. Diagnostic immunology techniques include immunofluorescence, fluorescence microscopy, flow cytometry, enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), radioimmunoassay (RIA) and analysis of plasma proteins (immunoglobulins, complement etc).


On completion of the unit students will have developed a good knowledge of the anatomy and function of the cells and organs of the immune system; aquired practical experience with a wide range of laboratory techniques used in both research and diagnostic laboratories, which will equip the student with skills valued by employers and postgraduate supervisors; have an appreciation of the importance of quality control and experimental design; be able to source information in the scientific literature and on the web concerning topics related to the discipline; developed skills in the preparation of written laboratory reports and assignments.


Practical class reports: 30%
One assignment (2000 words): 20%
One 3-hour practical/written examination: 50%

Contact hours

One 5-hour practical class including one 1-hour tutorial per week


IMM2011 or BMS2052


IMM3031 (highly recommended)