The aim of this unit is to provide students with an understanding of the theoretical and practical knowledge of immunology. Students will learn of the importance of the immune system in maintaining good health and preventing disease. Topics include: innate and adaptive immunity, the immune response to viruses and bacteria, T and B lymphocyte biology, immunoglobulin structure and function, antigen presentation, cytokines, biology of hypersensitivities (allergies and autoimmunity), and tumour immunology. Practical knowledge will include performing a cell suspension, knowing how to use a haemocytometer for cell counts and flow cytometry data analysis.

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RBM2540 - Pathophysiology 2

HBM2105 - Medical Microbiology and Immunity

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Conceptualise the importance of the immune system in good health and disease;  
  2. Deduce the mechanisms by which the innate and adaptive immune systems function;  
  3. Conceptually map all stages of the immune response from infection to immunity with a focus on explaining the function of T and B lymphocytes and antibodies; and  
  4. Develop laboratory skills, including cellular techniques, and record and analyse data and sources related to immune function.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Laboratory Work Laboratory theory and practical work (1000 words total) 20%
Presentation Group Oral presentation (1000 word equivalence) 30%
Test Test (1 hour) 20%
Exercise Case study (1500 words equivalent) 30%
Students must attend a minimum of 75% of all laboratories to pass the unit; Development of laboratory skills is an integral part of learning outcome 4 for this.

Required reading

Kuby Immunology 8th ed.
Punt, J, Stranford, S, Jones, P & Owen JA (2019)
WH Freeman

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