Faculty of Science

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Science
Organisational UnitSchool of Science, Malaysia
OfferedGippsland First semester 2014 (Day)
Malaysia Second semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor David Piedrafita (Gippsland); Professor Chow Sek Chuen (Malaysia)


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.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Describe the normal function, regulation and anatomy of the immune system and how it provides defence against micro-organisms;

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of pathogenesis of disorders of the immune system and strategies for immunosuppression and immunopotentiation to correct these disorders;

  1. Apply principles of immunological techniques used in diagnostic and research laboratories;

  1. Demonstrate advanced scientific report writing and team work skills.


Assignments: 20%
Practical reports: 20%
Mid-semester test: 10%
and Final examination (3 hours): 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

Three 1-hour lectures, one 3-hour practical class and one 1-hour tutorial per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


Completion of at least 12 points of biology and medical bioscience units. Recommended: one unit each of first year chemistry and second year physiology.