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MI5061 - Advanced Immunology

Credit points: 3
Year: 2023
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Public Health, Medical and Vet Sciences

Advanced aspects of the biology of the immune system and interaction with other body systems with emphasis on: the evolution of the immune system in warm and cold blooded vertebrates; immunophysiology, regulation of the immune system and the role of the immune system in parasitic and infectious diseases, reproduction, auto-immune diseases, tumour and transplantation biology as well as the potential to manipulate the immune system.

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.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (60%) - Individual
  • Written > Literature review - (10%) - Individual
  • Oral presentation and written summary - (10%) - Group
  • Performance/Practice/Product > Practical assessment/practical skills demonstration - (20%) - Individual.

Special Assessment Requirements

Achieve an overall percentage of 50% or more

Prerequisites: MI2011 and MI2021
TV5120 and MI3061


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 23-Mar-2023
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Catherine Rush
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor Donna Rudd, Assoc. Professor Catherine Rush, Dr Helma Antony, Dr Hillary Vanderven, Ms Mollie Coad.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 36 hours lectures
  • 18 hours tutorials
  • 18 hours specialised
  • assessment and self-directed study

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.