UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

MICR3340 Immunity and Infection

Credit 6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1QEII Medical CentreFace to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Microbiology and Immunology major sequence
Content This unit builds on basic concepts of immunology taught at Level 2. It focuses on human immune responses. The lecture topics taught in the unit include structural features of the immune system; the innate and adaptive immune systems; effector cells and cytokines; the complement system; mucosal immunity; generation of diversity in adaptive immune responses; the structural and molecular basis of antigen recognition including the major histocompatibility complex; mechanisms of immune control of pathogens; and mechanisms used by viruses and bacteria to evade recognition by the immune system. The unit discusses the importance of the immune response in transplantation and organ rejection and in autoimmune diseases and tumour biology. In addition, it addresses the immunobiological basis of vaccination and vaccine design. Laboratory classes are undertaken to reinforce the material taught in lectures.
Outcomes Students gain theoretical knowledge in the structure and function of the major effector cells of the immune system, and how diversity in antigen recognition is generated and maintained. They are able to describe how the host immune response is regulated, the immunopathological basis of autoimmunity, and the role of the immune response in prevention and control of infectious diseases. Practical and analytical skills and knowledge are gained via laboratory classes and by preparation and delivery of a written report.
Assessment Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s) Associate Professor Allison Imrie
Unit rules
Prerequisites: (MICR2208 Introductory Microbiology, and MICR2209 Introduction to Infectious Diseases and Immunology); or Biomedical Science major Level 2 units
Incompatibility: MICR3302 Infections and Immunity and PATH3307 Pathology and Laboratory Medicine I.
Contact hours lectures: 2–3 hours per week; labs/tutorials: 2–3 hours per week
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.meddent.uwa.edu.au/Units/MICR3340/SEM-1/2017

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