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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 Second semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Mark Wright


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, leukaemia/ 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, leukaemia/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.


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 session per week


IMM2011 or BMS2052 or MIC2022 or BND2042. Recommended: IMM3031, IMM3051


IMM3062 (recommended)