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Unit Overview


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.

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

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) mid-semester test; (2) group assignment; and (3) final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Allison Imrie
Unit rules
MICR2208 Introductory Microbiology,
and MICR2209 Introduction to Infectious Diseases and Immunology.
or PATH2210 Fundamentals of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine,
and PATH2220 Introduction to Human Disease
MICR3340 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 for up to 12 weeks
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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.