MICR2203 Introductory Immunology

6 points
Not available in 2020SingaporeFace to face
This stand-alone unit gives students a basic understanding of the mechanisms that have evolved to protect the host against infection. It explores the ontogeny and phylogeny of both innate and adaptive immunity, and is of benefit to those students undertaking any of the recommended streams in the life and biomedical sciences including those going on to further study in microbiology and immunology. The mechanisms used by plants, invertebrates and vertebrates, including humans, to protect themselves against infection are explored, with particular attention directed to the study of the evolution of immunoglobulins and cells of the immune system as well as the genetic mechanisms underlying the generation of diversity. In addition to the study of the phylogeny of the immune response, its ontogeny in birds, amphibians and mammals is explored, with particular attention being directed to the maturation of the immune system in the fetus and neonate, and the effects of ageing on immunity. The laboratory sessions complement the lecture material.
Students gain an understanding of the structure and function of the molecules, as well as the range and function of cells involved in the immune system. Students also gain an insight into the evolution and ontogeny of the immune system in phylogenetically diverse species. Students develop a number of practical skills in immunochemistry, cellular immunology and bioinformatics as well as develop self-directed learning, written and verbal skills.
This comprises a final examination (50 per cent) and continuous assessment (50 per cent).

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
any Level 1 biological subject
Advisable prior study:
MICR2204 Introductory Microbiology
950.216 Comparative Immunology 216 (taken before 2003)
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials/labs: 2 hours per week for 13 weeks

Male, D. et al. Immunology, 7th edn: Mosby 2006

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