Faculty of Science

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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Dr Kim Murphy



  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


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 this unit students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to perform practical techniques used in research and diagnostic techniques;

  1. Work in a research laboratory and demonstrate safe and competent scientific work-practices;

  1. Identify relevant questions for scientific inquiry through a written assignment and in a research laboratory;

  1. Accurately record, analyse and report experimental outcomes and demonstrate this by producing written laboratory reports;

  1. Source relevant scientific literature from a variety of sources, including (but not limited to) scientific journals, text-books and the internet for the completion of written and oral assignments.


Practical class reports: 12%
Research project report: 30%
One assignment: 8%
One 3-hour end of semester practical examination: 50%
A pass in the final examination must be obtained in order to pass the unit.

Workload requirements

One 5-hour practical class per week

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Chief examiner(s)

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


IMM2011 or BMS2052. IMM3031 and IMM3051 recommended.


IMM3042 (highly recommended)