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IMM3051

Faculty of Science

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Science
OfferedClayton First semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Kim Murphy

Synopsis

This unit aims to introduce students to practical aspects of laboratory immunology. The course is laboratory based with tutorials to ensure a thorough theoretical understanding of techniques. Topics include the anatomy of the immune system, production of polyclonal antisera and monoclonal antibodies, structure and properties of immunoglobulins (antibodies), electrophoresis and other techniques for detection of antigen/antibody reactions. Diagnostic immunology techniques include immunofluorescence, fluorescence microscopy, flow cytometry, enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), radioimmunoassay (RIA) and analysis of plasma proteins (immunoglobulins, complement etc).

Outcomes

On completion of the unit students will have developed a good knowledge of the anatomy and function of the cells and organs of the immune system; acquired practical experience with a wide range of laboratory techniques used in both research and diagnostic laboratories, which will equip the student with skills valued by employers and postgraduate supervisors; have an appreciation of the importance of quality control and experimental design; be able to source information in the scientific literature and on the web concerning topics related to the discipline; developed skills in the preparation of written laboratory reports and assignments.

Assessment

Practical class reports: 25%
One assignment: 15%
One 3-hour practical/written examination: 60%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Kim Murphy

Contact hours

One 5-hour practical class per week

Prerequisites

IMM2011 or MIC2022 or BMS2052 or BND2042

Co-requisites

IMM3031 (highly recommended)