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Medical and Applied Immunology (MIIM30003)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeMIIM30003
Semester 2
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This subject builds on the principles of immunology acquired by students in the pre-requisite subject MIIM30002, and provides a more detailed study of specific aspects of immunology. These include clinical and emerging areas in immunology such as: immune mechanisms that protect against pathogens and the implications for vaccine development and global health; immune system control and the diseases that may arise when that control is compromised (e.g. autoimmune diseases and allergies); applications of immunology in tissue transplantation; and immunotherapies to treat diseases of the immune system and cancers.

This subject is delivered by specialist research-based and clinical immunologists, who are experts in these areas of immunology. They will discuss the experimental basis of our knowledge of immunology, how laboratory-based research has been translated into clinical practice, and future directions for immunology research and clinical application.

Intended learning outcomes

Upon completion of the subject students should be able to understand and discuss:

  • L01 - interactions of both cellular and soluble immune factors as they relate to medical and applied aspects of immunology;
  • L02 - the mechanisms of immunity to infectious disease agents, and how this knowledge relates to vaccine design;
  • L03 - the aetiology, pathogenesis and treatment of adverse immune responses which occur during autoimmunity and allergy;
  • L04 - the immunological challenges of tissue transplantation and how they are addressed; and
  • L05 - the potential of immunotherapy against cancer.

Upon completion of the subject students should:

  • L06 - have developed skills in understanding experimental evidence for immunological concepts.
  • L07 - appreciate the experimental basis of our knowledge of the immune response and how this knowledge can be extrapolated to practical applications.

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

Last updated: 10 August 2019