IMM2011 - Basic immunology: The body's defence system - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Associate Professor Frank Alderuccio (Profile and contact details)(Profile and contact details) (

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)


The immune system is central to many aspects of health such as recovering from viral and bacterial infections, vaccination against common diseases, fighting cancers and accepting organ transplants. The immune system is also responsible for many common conditions such as allergy and autoimmune diseases including type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis. IMM2011: Basic immunology: The body's defence system, introduces students to the fundamental concepts of the immune system. It describes the structure of the immune system and how it can develop specificity and diversity for combating microbes and pathogens. Key concepts surrounding the function of the immune system in how it communicates and makes decisions when generating specific immune responses will be learnt. IMM2011 is designed to give students a basic but fundamental knowledge of the immune system useful to many areas of biomedical science. It can lead into further studies in second semester (IMM2022) and more advanced studies at level three and beyond. Together with formal lectures and tutorials, practical classes reinforce key concepts that students have been introduced. In addition, flexible learning options including on-line material, audio-taped lectures, quizzes and interactive tutorials provide students with a wide variety of experiences and skill development.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Define the key structural and cellular components of the immune system;
  2. Define the key features associated with the development of the immune system;
  3. Generate, evaluate and compile practical laboratory based data into define structured written reports;
  4. Generate and deliver an oral presentation on a defined area of immunology;
  5. Draw upon learnt knowledge of immunology to explain how the immune system is associated with protection against pathogens.


In semester tests on theory and practical classes: 15%

  • Examination: 50% (Hurdle)
  • Practical/tutorial reports and participation: 35%

This unit is subject to the Hurdle and Threshold Standards policiesHurdle and Threshold Standards policies ( of the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences.

Workload requirements

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

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Chief examiner(s)

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


BIO1022 or BMS1021 or BMS1062. Recommended: a level one Chemistry unit or VCE Chemistry.