MICR3305 Immunobiology and Immune Diseases

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine; Microbiology and Immunology major sequences
This unit builds on basic concepts of immunology taught at level 2. It focuses on human immune responses. Topics covered in the unit include: structure and function of the immune system; antigen recognition; regulation of host immune responses; role of immune response in control of infectious pathogens; microbial immune evasion strategies; immunopathological basis of autoimmune disease; immune response in transplantation and organ rejection; and tumour biology. In addition, it addresses the immunobiological basis of vaccination and vaccine design. Laboratory classes and eTutorials are undertaken to reinforce the material taught in lectures.
Students are able to (1) describe the structure and function of the immune system; (2) describe antigen recognition in innate and adaptive immunity; (3) explain how the host immune response can contribute to disease; (4) describe the immune response in cancer; (5) explain the immune response in transplantation; (6) describe the immunological basis of vaccination and immunotherapeutics and how they function to prevent and control disease; and (7) explain an experimental protocol and describe how experimental data is derived and interpreted.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) online quiz; (2) mid-semester examination; and (3) final examination. 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)
Associate Professor Allison Imrie
Unit rules
MICR2208 Introductory Microbiology,
MICR2209 Introduction to Infectious Diseases and Immunology;
PATH2210 Fundamentals of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine,
PATH2220 Introduction to Human Disease
MICR3340 Infections and Immunity
PATH3307 Pathology and Laboratory Medicine I.
Contact hours
lectures: 2–3 hours per week; labs/tutorials: 2–3 hours per week for up to 12 weeks
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