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Techniques in Immunology (MIIM30015)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Overview

Year of offer2017
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeMIIM30015
Campus
Parkville
Availability(Quotas apply)
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject provides an overview of:

(i) methods used to dissect and characterise the complex immune defences against microbial infections

(ii) methods used to analyse the development and function of the immune system in health and disease

(ii) strategies used to construct and present scientific oral and written reports.

This subject introduces techniques used in research and diagnostic immunology laboratories. The practical exercises will illustrate the theoretical principles that govern the function of the immune system. The immunological techniques covered are used to analyse the complexities of innate and adaptive immune responses, such as preparation of cell suspensions, flow cytometry, enzyme immunoassays, molecular methods to analyse immune function, in vitro assays to analyse immune function. Non-Laboratory sessions will be used to introduce and discuss the theoretical aspects of the practical topics, analyse data, critically discuss scientific research publications, source relevant scientific literature and to discuss strategies used to construct, prepare and present oral and written scientific reports.

Upon completion of the subject students will:

  • have experience in the preparation and quantification of cell suspensions for immune assays
  • be familiar with a range of molecular and cellular techniques used to analyse functional characteristics of immune responses
  • have experience in techniques used for the detection and analysis of cell associated molecules
  • have developed safe scientific work practices
  • have developed skills to accurately record experimental data and use this record to construct and present oral and written scientific reports.
  • have participated in group work activities, both within and outside of the Laboratory.

Intended learning outcomes

Upon completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Describe and apply the principles and procedures involved in preparation and characterisation of immune cells, their products and their functions
  • Describe and apply the principles of flow cytometry
  • Describe and apply the use of molecular and cellular techniques in addition to bioinformatics to identify and characterise immune responses
  • Demonstrate the ability to perform practical techniques used in research laboratories in a safe, scientific work manner
  • Describe the purpose of controls in the interpretation of experimental data
  • Keep clear and accurate laboratory records of all experimental work
  • Critically analyse and effectively communicate scientific ideas and findings in both oral and written form.
  • Participate in group work activities within and outside the Laboratory

Generic skills

On completion of this subject, students should have developed the following generic skills:

  • the ability to interpret scientific literature and interpret data from electronic databases.
  • the capacity to integrate knowledge across disciplines.
  • the ability to comprehend a question, evaluate the relevant information and communicate an answer.

Eligibility and requirements

Prerequisites

This subject is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Biomedicine and the Bachelor of Science.

B. Science students (pre 2013)

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
MIIM20001 Principles of Microbiology & Immunology
Semester 1
12.5
MIIM20003
Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
MIIM30002 Principles of Immunology
Semester 1
12.5

Students who have obtained 40 - 49% for MIIM30002 Principles of Immunology are advised to discuss the possibility of being accepted into this subject with the subject coordinators.

B.Sci students who have completed BCMB20002 BUT NOT MIIM20001 may be admitted to this subject after discussion with and specific permission from the subject coordinators.

B. Science students (2013 on)

One of:

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
MIIM20001 Principles of Microbiology & Immunology
Semester 1
12.5
BCMB20002 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5

Plus one of:

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
MIIM20002 Microbes, Infections and Responses
Semester 2
12.5
BCMB20005 Techniques in Molecular Science
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
GENE20003 Experiments in Genetics
Semester 2
12.5

Plus

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
MIIM30002 Principles of Immunology
Semester 1
12.5

Students who have obtained 40 - 49% for MIIM30002 Principles of Immunology are advised to discuss the possibility of being accepted into this subject with the subject coordinators.

B. Biomedicine students

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
BIOM20001 Molecular and Cellular Biomedicine
Semester 1
25
MIIM30002 Principles of Immunology
Semester 1
12.5

Students who have obtained 40 - 49% for MIIM30002 Principles of Immunology are advised to discuss the possibility of being accepted into this subject with the subject coordinators.

Corequisites

None

Non-allowed subjects

This subject cannot be taken if students have gained credit for the following subjects:

526-324 Immunological Techniques (pre 2010)

526-332 Techniques in Microbiology & Immunology (pre 2011)

MIIM30013 Techniques in Microbiology & Immunology (pre 2014)

Recommended background knowledge

The prerequisite subjects should have provided a solid background in Immunology. An understanding of the molecules, genes and biology of the cell would be useful.

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home

Assessment

Description

  • 1 x 2 hour end-of-semester exam (50%),
  • 2 x 5 minute oral presentations (throughout semester, 12.5% each)
  • 2 x written reports (to be submitted mid-semester and end of semester, up to 1300 words each, 12.5% each)

Satisfactory use and completion of a Laboratory Notebook is required to pass this subject (ie. it is a hurdle requirement).

Attendance is compulsory. Students who miss more than 20% of the practical component of this subject will not be eligible for final assessment.

Quotas apply to this subject

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorOdilia Wijburg
    CoordinatorKarena Waller
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours1 x 1hr tutorial per week plus up to 3hr practical per week (ie. up to 36hr practical per semester) plus 1hr lecture per week during semester
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period24 July 2017 to 22 October 2017
    Last self-enrol date 2 July 2017
    Census date31 August 2017
    Last date to withdraw without fail22 September 2017
    Assessment period ends17 November 2017

    Semester 2 contact information

    Administrative Coordination

    BiomedSci-AcademicServices@unimelb.edu.au

Time commitment details

170 hours

Additional delivery details

An enrolment quota of 160 students applies to this subject.

For detailed information on the quota subject application process, refer to the Quota Subject link on the School of Biomedical Sciences Current Student Information webpage: http://biomedicalsciences.unimelb.edu.au/study/current-student-information/quota-subjects

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    Janeway's Immunobiology (Murphy et al) 8th ed, 2012

  • Subject notes

    This subject is available to students enrolled in the:

    Pre-2008 B. Sc
    NG B. Sc.
    NG B. Biomed

    This subject is a practical subject. It requires attendance at all scheduled sessions.

    Whilst students will not be involved in the manipulation and handling of animals, reagents and media components derived from animals will be used in some experiments.

    These experiments will be approved by the University of Melbourne Animal Welfare Committee.

    Experiments contained in this unit will also be approved by the Biosafety and Gene Technology Committee.

    Students wishing to register in this subject after the Quota Selection Date or after week 1 of a Semester should contact the subject coordinators.

  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

    Additional information for this subject

    quota subject - application deadline as per http://biomedicalsciences.unimelb.edu.au/study/current-student-information/quota-subjects

  • Available to Study Abroad and Exchange students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad.

Last updated: 16 June 2018