Course Title: Immunology

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Immunology

Credit Points: 12.00


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

ONPS1050

Bundoora Campus

Postgraduate

135H Applied Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016

ONPS1050

Bundoora Campus

Postgraduate

171H School of Science

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2017

ONPS2388

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

135H Applied Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016

ONPS2388

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

171H School of Science

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr. Peter Smooker

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 992 57129

Course Coordinator Email: peter.smooker@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 223.1.29

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Detailed knowledge of molecular biology, as obtained by passing BIOL2102 Gene Technologies is required, or an equivalent course or provide evidence of equivalent capabilities.


Course Description

This course provides you with knowledge and understanding of, and practical skills in, immunology and the way it is applied in diagnostic and therapeutic techniques and research. Topics covered include:

  • An overview of the immune system including organs, cells and receptors.
  • Recognition of pathogens; antigen processing and presentation;
  • Co-stimulatory signals for T cell activation;
  • Role of cytokines in lymphocyte maturation and activation.
  • Immunity to infection and pathological consequences of immunodeficiencies;
  • Immune responses to viral infections, HIV and AIDS;
  • Molecular basis of antigen recognition.
  • Antibodies and applications;
  • Approaches to vaccination;
  • Immunotherapies
  • Cancer immunology and vaccines
  • Transplantation immunology

A practical component accompanies the lectures whereby you will undertake experiments that illustrate fundamental concepts of immunology and disease diagnosis.

 


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

On completion of this course, the student should be able to:

  • Recall advanced knowledge of the underlying principles of immunology and its application in solving problems in biological systems.
  • Have an awareness of some current research activities in the field and possible applications of this knowledge. 

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for MC111 Master of Biotechnology: 

PLO 1. Understanding Science 

1.1 You will demonstrate an advanced understanding of biological sciences by articulating the methods of science, explaining why current biological knowledge is both contestable and testable through further inquiry, and explaining the role and relevance of biotechnology in society.

1.2 You will have an understanding of recent developments in a specialised area of biotechnology 

PLO 2. Advanced skills to critically analyse and solve problems in biotechnology. 

2.1 You will demonstrate cognitive skills in mastery of advanced theoretical knowledge in biotechnology and apply this knowledge to solve complex problems in existing and new areas. 

PLO 5. Personal and professional responsibility.

You will be accountable for individual learning and scientific work by being an independent and self-directed learner; working effectively, responsibly, ethically, and safely in an individual or team context; and demonstrating knowledge of the regulatory frameworks and ethical principles relevant to biotechnology. 

This course contributes to the following BH090 Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) (Honours)/Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology) and BP226 Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology) Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs):

2.1 Depth and breadth of knowledge by demonstrating a well-developed understanding of biological sciences.

2.2 Depth and breadth of knowledge by demonstrating that biotechnology has interdisciplinary connections with other sciences.

This course also contributes to the following BP293 Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology)/Bachelor of Biomedical Science Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs):

2.1. Demonstrating knowledge across disciplines contributing to biotechnology and biomedical science

3.1. Gathering, synthesising and critically evaluating information from a range of sources

3.3. Selecting and applying practical and/or theoretical techniques or tools in order to conduct an investigation

4.1. Communicating scientific results, information, or arguments, to a range of audiences, for a range of purposes, and using a variety of modes.

 

 


On successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate detailed knowledge and understanding of immunology and the way it is applied in diagnostic and therapeutic techniques and research;
  2. Demonstrate knowledge and practical skills in undertaking simple immunological experiments that mimic those undertaken in diagnostic laboratories and research laboratories;
  3. Demonstrate literature review skills in undertaking a large survey of a complex field within immunology, synthesise the information from primary medical literature;
  4. Coherently report in a written document using the appropriate language of the field; and
  5. Articulate and adhere to safe working practice in a mixed microbiology/immunology laboratory.

 


Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities included in this course are:

  • attendance at lectures where syllabus material will be presented and explained, and the subject will be illustrated with demonstrations and examples;
  • completion of laboratory projects designed to give further practice in the application of theory and procedures, and to give feedback on student progress and understanding;
  • completion of written assignments requiring an integrated understanding of the subject matter; and
  • private study, working through the course as presented in classes and learning materials, and gaining practice at solving  conceptual problems.

Total Study Hours

A total of 120 study hours is expected, comprising:

Teacher-directed hours: 12 weeks of face-to-face lecture material (2 hours per week) and a minimum of 5 days of practical learning.

Student-directed hours: You will need to spend considerable time studying outside these hours, and in writing laboratory reports and assignments.


Overview of Learning Resources

Lecture notes will be provided through Blackboard, as will other articles of interest such as relevant research articles, websites of interest etc. No formal textbook is assigned, however students who might need background reading are directed to the liaison librarian.


Overview of Assessment

Note that: This course has no hurdle requirements. 

Assessment tasks comprise three practical reports, based on the practicals that you undertake, a major written assignment that synthesises multiple research findings and an end-of-semester exam.

Assessment tasks for Postgraduates.

Early Assessment Task: Practical report 1

Weighting 5%

This assessment task supports CLOs 2 & 5

Assessment Task 2: Practical reports 2 and 3.

Weighting 2 x 5%

This assessment task supports CLOs 2 & 5 

Assessment Task 3: Written assignment

Weighting 35%

This assessment task supports CLO 1, 3 & 4

Assessment 4: End-of-semester exam

Weighting 50%

This assessment supports CLO 1-5

Guidelines for the Practical reports and assignments will be given, and written feedback will be supplied through Blackboard.ment supports CLO 1-5

 

Assessment tasks for Undergraduates

 

Early Assessment Task:   Practical report 1(5%)

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 4 & 5

Assessment Task 2: Practical reports 2 and 3 (2 x 5%)

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 4 & 5

 

Assessment Task 3: Written assignment (35%)

This assessment task supports CLO 1, 3, 4 & 5

Assessment 4: End-of-semester exam (50%)

This assessment supports CLO 1, 3, 4 & 5

Guidelines for the Practical reports and assignments will be given, and written feedback will be supplied through Blackboard.