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MI3061 - Advanced Immunobiology

Credit points: 3
Year: 2019
Student Contribution Band: Band 3
Administered by: College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences

This subject builds on the principles and concepts regarding the function of the immune system introduced in second year in the subjects MI2011:03 (Microbial Diversity) and MI2021:03 (Microbiology and Immunology). Advanced Immunobiology aims to cover the biological and functional aspects of the immune system and its complex interaction with other physiological systems. It is an integrated subject providing students with an understanding of the evolution of the immune system, immunophysiology, regulation of the immune system, the potential to manipulate the immune system and the role of the immune system in infectious diseases, immunopathology and in the development of tumours.

Learning Outcomes

  • Explain and discuss key immunological principles and terminology;
  • Apply reasoning to understanding disease states and their immunological cause;
  • Discuss the concepts of immunomanipulation and transplantation;
  • Perform and interpret basic immunological assays;
  • Demonstrate the ability to conduct and analyse results from experiments and to communicate findings in a written form;
  • Apply basic statistical methods to the gathering and analysis of immunological data;
  • Identify, read, critically appraise, assimilate and communicate relevant scientific literature;
  • Interpret and communicate experimental data on research in immunology;
  • Design experiments to answer immunology research questions;
  • Work effectively in small groups to complete practical tasks in immunology.
Prerequisites: MI2021 or MI2011 or PC2201


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 28-Mar-2019
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Catherine Rush
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor Catherine Rush, Dr Hillary Vanderven.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 36 hours lectures
  • 6 hours tutorials
  • 15 hours practicals
  • assessment and self-directed study
Assessment: end of semester exam (60%); other exams (20%); tutorial attendance and participation (10%); assignments (10%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.