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IMMU2011: Immunobiology

Immunobiology is the study of defence mechanisms that protect living organisms against life-threatening infections. In this unit of study you will explore the essential features of the host immune responses mounted by animals, both vertebrates and invertebrates, plants and microbes themselves. Studies in animal and microbial immunobiology are leading to breakthroughs in veterinary and clinical medicine, including combating infectious diseases, maximising transplant success, treating allergies, autoimmune diseases and cancer, as well as the development of new vaccines to prevent disease. Understanding the immunobiology of plants also enables us to protect crops from disease which enhances our food security. In this unit of study you will be provided with an overview of immunobiology as a basic research science. We will explore the nature of the immune cells and molecules that recognise danger and how the immune system of animals and plants respond at the cellular and molecular level. Practical and workshop sessions are designed to illustrate particular concepts introduced in other face-to-face activities. Further self-directed learning activities, including online learning activities, will facilitate integration of fundamental information and help you apply this knowledge to the ways in which the host organism defends against disease. Upon completion, you will have developed the foundations to undertake further studies in Biology, Animal Health, Immunology and Pathology. Ultimately, this could lead you to a career in medical research, biosecurity and/or Veterinary Science.

Code IMMU2011
Academic unit Department of Medical Sciences
Credit points 6
BIOL1XX7 or (BIOL1XX8 or BIOL1XX3 or MEDS1X01) or BIOL1XX2 or MBLG1XX1
Assumed knowledge:
CHEM1XX1 or CHEM1903

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Differentiate the types of immunity
  • LO2. Compare and contrast the cells and molecules of immunity in more than one organism
  • LO3. Describe, using examples, how plants and animals recognise and respond to pathogens
  • LO4. Demonstrate how principles of immunology can be used to tackle health problems
  • LO5. Perform experiments using cutting edge immunology techniques, then interpret and communicate the data generated

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.