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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Science
OfferedClayton First semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Mark Wright


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: appreciate the relevance of the immune system to infection and disease; have an advanced knowledge of the key features of the immune system, its integrated nature and regulation; understand immune system development from haemopoietic stem cells; understand the molecular basis for generation of diversity and self-tolerance in the immune system; appreciate the application of cutting-edge technologies to the understanding of immune responses; have developed competence in accessing and reviewing scientific literature, critical appraisal of data, and oral and written communication.


Two multiple choice examinations during semester: each 7.5%
Tutorial assessments: 15%
One assignment: 10%
One 3-hour examination: 60%

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Mark Wright

Contact hours

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


IMM2011 or BMS2052 or MIC2022 or BND2042


IMM3051 is highly recommended