IMM3031 - Molecular and cellular immunology - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Associate Professor Mark Wright

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)


This unit examines in depth important features of development and function of the immune system in health and disease. Areas covered include development of the innate and adaptive immune system, antigen processing and presentation, maturation of the immune response, self tolerance and regulation. Advanced techniques in immunology will be presented including the relevance of genetic engineering. Skills will also be developed in searching and critically reviewing the literature, in assignment writing and oral presentation.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the relevance of immunity to infection and disease;
  2. Describe how differing arms of the immune response are integrated and regulated;
  3. Define and compare how the innate and adaptive immune systems discriminate self from non-self and the mechanisms of self-tolerance;
  4. Describe examples of how cutting edge technologies are used to study immunity;
  5. Critically appraise data and the immunological literature and demonstrate skills in oral and written communication.


Two multiple choice examinations during semester (7.5% each): 15%

  • Tutorial assessments: 15%
  • Assignment: 10%
  • Examination: 60% (Hurdle)

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 2-hour tutorial/self directed learning sessions per week

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IMM3051 is highly recommended