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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Associate Professor Robyn Slattery



  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


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 you will be able to:

  1. Describe the normal function and regulation of the immune system;

  1. Explain how pathogens can evade the immune system and predict how vaccines can be developed against micro-organisms;

  1. Distinguish between the pathogenesis of different disorders of the immune system including autoimmunity, allergy, immunodeficiency, leukemia/lymphoma and transplant rejection;

  1. Describe strategies for immuno-suppression and immuno-potentiation to cure these disorders;

  1. Analyse and interpret data from immunopathology experiments, structure a written discussion about immunopathology data, and present an oral discussion about immunopathology data.


Two multiple choice examinations during semester: each 7.5%
Tutorial assessments: 15%
One assignment: 20%
One 3-hour end of semester examination: 50%
A pass in the end of semester examination must be obtained to pass the unit.

Workload requirements

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

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Chief examiner(s)

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


IMM2011 or BMS2052. Recommended: IMM3031, IMM3051


IMM3062 (recommended)