Unit code: RBM3720 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
St Albans
RBM2540 - Pathophysiology 2 (applicable for HBBM students ONLY)
HBM2105 - Medical Microbiology and Immunity (applicable for HBBS, NBSC students ONLY)
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


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.

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.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Laboratory Work
Grade: 20%
Laboratory theory and practical work (1000 words total)
Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 30%
Group Oral presentation (1000 word equivalence)
Assessment type: Test
Grade: 20%
Test (1 hour)
Assessment type: Exercise
Grade: 30%
Case study (1500 words equivalent)

Required reading

Kuby Immunology
Punt, J, Stranford, S, Jones, P & Owen JA (2019)| WH Freeman

As part of a course

This unit is not compulsory for any specific course. Depending on the course you study, this unit may be taken as an elective.

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