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Unit Overview


This unit builds on the knowledge acquired in PATH5141 Clinical Immunology to equip students with a greater depth of knowledge on allergy and immunological hypersensitivity, autoimmune disease, immunodeficiency disorders, immunogenetics and transplantation immunology, and the laboratory methods that are used to assess these problems.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) describe the causes and apply analytical and technical skills to the laboratory investigation of allergy and immunological hypersensitivity, including allergic airways disease, anaphylaxis, contact dermatitis and drug allergy; (2) describe the causes and apply analytical and technical skills to the laboratory investigation of autoimmune disease, including organ-specific (e.g. thyroid) and non-organ-specific (e.g. lupus) disease; (3) describe the causes and apply analytical and technical skills to the laboratory investigation of immunodeficiency disorders, including primary and secondary causes of B and T cell deficiency and dysfunction, complement deficiency and disorders of phagocytosis; and (4) describe the causes and apply analytical and technical skills to the laboratory investigation of immunogenetics and transplantation immunology, including genetic matching of donor and recipient, and detection of alloimmune responses.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) practical reports; (2) standard operating procedures; and (3) examinations. 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)
Dr Lloyd D'Orsogna and Dr Sonia Fernandez
Unit rules
PATH5141 Clinical Immunology
Contact hours
lectures: 3 hours per week
tutorials/labs/workshops: 3 hours per week
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  • 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.