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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Science
OfferedSunway Second semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Chow Sek Chuen


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 defence against micro-organisms, 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, leukaemia/ 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 defence against micro-organisms
  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%

Chief examiner(s)

A.P. Chow Sek Chuen

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