This major provides students with a detailed understanding of Immunology, the study of our immune system. The major describes how Immunology is studied and applied to a range of areas in the biomedical sciences. The major opens up careers in infectious diseases, diagnostics, molecular biology, biotechnology, vaccinology, biosafety and regulation as well as providing an avenue towards post-graduate research into infectious agents, their genes, underlying mechanisms of infectious disease and diseases associated with the immune system. It provides a basis for further study into medicine and other paramedical disciplines.
Students intending to undertake this major should be aware that it requires successful completion of a practical-based subject in which products and reagents derived from animals are used.
Intended learning outcomes
Immunology Major Graduates should demonstrate:
- broad knowledge of the immune system and how it responds to infectious and foreign agents;
- ability to identify and describe the immune mechanisms involved in tumour immunity, transplantation, allergies and autoimmune diseases;
- understanding of strategies to modulate immune responses to improve human health in local and global contexts;
- understanding of the principles and procedures involved in isolating and characterising immune cells and their function;
- expertise in the selection and application of practical and/or theoretical immunological approaches in order to conduct an investigation;
- skills in accurate recording of experimental data, critical analysis and evaluation of scientific data to form evidence-based conclusions;
- effective communication of scientific ideas and findings, in both oral and written form;
- understanding of safe scientific work practices in the laboratory, including personal and collective laboratory safety;
- high level of professional integrity, and adherence to ethical requirements regarding plagiarism and accurate data reporting;
- independent and self-directed learning, and effective management of time and priorities;
- capacity to work in groups on activities, both within and outside of the Laboratory.
Last updated: 3 March 2021