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IMM3802 - Essentials of applied immunology

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Science


Malaysia Second semester 2007 (Day)


This unit aims to introduce students to some fundamental aspects of immunology. It reviews the normal immune response to foreign antigens and how it provides defense against microorganisms, and also the pathogenesis and diagnosis of disorders associated with an excessive, defective or unwarranted immune response. Disorders discussed include autoimmune diseases, allergies, immunodeficiency states, leukemia/ lymphoma and transplants. Students will also be introduced to the practical aspects of laboratory immunology. Techniques used in clinical and research immunology laboratories will be presented during practical classes.


The objectives of this unit are to ensure that students will be able to understand the

  1. normal function, regulation and anatomy of the immune system and how it provides defense against microorganism
  2. pathogenesis of disorders of the immune system and strategies for immunosuppression and immunopotentiation to correct these disorders and
  3. principles of immunological techniques used in diagnostic and research laboratories.


Assignments: (20%)+ Practical Reports (20%)+ Mid-semester test: 10%
and Final Examination (3 hours):(50%)

Contact hours

3 x 1-hour lectures, 1x 3-hour practical class and 1-hour tutorial per week


Completion of at least 12 points of biology and medical bioscience units. Recommended: One unit each of first year chemistry and second year physiology