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Unit Overview


This unit builds on PATH5516 Introduction to Clinical Laboratory Genetics and provides students with a sound knowledge and understanding of immunogenetics associated with innate immune development and response, cellular immunity, antigen receptors and antibody production, production of cytokines, the major histocompatibility complex, immune suppression and tolerance, allergy and hypersensitivity, autoimmunity, transplantation and immunodeficiency. It also covers the laboratory procedures available to investigate immunogenetic dysfunction.

6 points
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students know the genetic basis of immune function relating to innate immunity, immune cell functions, response to infectious agents and tumours, immunologic tolerance, autoimmunity, allergy and hypersensitivity, and immunodeficiency, as well as the tests utilised to elucidate immunogenetic dysfunction.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) two-hour written examination (40 per cent); (2) written assignments on the latest knowledge contained in peer-reviewed literature regarding the immune response (50 per cent); and (3) seminar presentation (10 per cent). Further information is available in the unit outline.

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

Unit rules
PATH5516 Introduction to Clinical Laboratory Genetics (formerly PATH8516 Introduction to Clinical Laboratory Genetics)
Approved quota: 8
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • 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.