IMED2001 Body Defences

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Medical Sciences; Integrated Medical Sciences and Clinical Practice major sequences
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Life and Health Sciences
  • Category B broadening unit for students
This unit, Body Defences, provides a foundation in microbiology and immunology for health professionals. You will explore basic defences against common infections including the structure and function of the immune system; sterilisation and disinfection; basic diagnostic microbiology and immunology; plus an introduction to anti-microbial treatments. The unit finishes with an exploration of what can go wrong when the immune system fails.
Students are able to (1) describe and discuss common human bacterial infections; (2) describe and discuss common antibiotic treatments; (3) describe and discuss common human viral infections; (4) describe and discuss common human fungal infections; (5) describe and discuss common human parasitic infections; (6) define and discuss the processes and need for proper sterilisation and disinfection; (7) describe the structure and organisation of the immune system; (8) describe the early defences against infection including barriers, inflammation, complement, cytokines, and antiviral responses; (9) describe the process of antigen capture, antigen presentation, and antigen recognition by the adaptive immune system; (10) describe activation of T cells and the effector mechanisms of T cell mediated immunity; (11) describe activation of B cells, production of antibody and the effector mechanisms of humoral immunity; (12) describe immunological memory and apply to vaccination; (13) apply foundational immunology principles to infer the outcome of immune deficiency, hypersensitivity or autoimmunity; and (14) apply the basics of diagnostic microbiology and immunology to solve simple clinical cases.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) final examination; (2) mid semester tests; and (3) practical and tutorial assessments. Further information is available in the unit outline.

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)
Dr Demelza Ireland and Dr Erika Bosio
Unit rules
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IMED1004 Understanding Health and Disease in People and Populations
IMED2002 Blood and Drugs
Approved quota: 400—a place in the unit is determined on a first-come, first-served basis. Selection is based on time of enrolment with first places given to students enrolled in this major as a degree-specific and second to students enrolled as a second major. Any remaining places are given to those students according to when they enrol until all places are filled.
Contact hours
lectures: 3 hours per week
Laboratories: 4 hours per semester
Face-to-face tutorials: 10 hours per semester
Online tutorials: 2 hours per semester
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
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