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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)Dr Kim Murphy


Students will learn more advanced techniques used in clinical and research immunology laboratories. These include assays for lymphocyte proliferation, cytokines, cell mediated cytotoxicity and detection of transgene by PCR. In vivo experimental models of immune disorders such as graft-versus-host disease are also examined. The course is laboratory based with tutorials covering theoretical aspects. Students will also conduct a six-week 'mini-project' (most projects run in the Department of Immunology at the Alfred Medical Research and Education Precinct), working in small groups attached to a research laboratory. Students will plan, execute and report on the project and present their results in a research forum.


On completion of the unit students will have a good knowledge of clinical laboratory immunology; have acquired practical experience in advanced immunological techniques used in diagnostic and research laboratories; have developed skills in the planning and implementation of a research project, and in the analysis and interpretation of scientific data; be able to source information in the scientific literature and on the web concerning topics related to the discipline; have developed communication skills in scientific report writing and oral presentations.


Practical class reports: 12%
Research project report: 20%
One assignment: 8%
One 3-hour practical examination: 60%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Kim Murphy

Contact hours

One 5-hour practical class per week


IMM2011 or MIC2022 or BMS2052 or BND2042. IMM3031 and IMM3051 recommended.


IMM3042 (highly recommended)