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,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021

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,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021

Course Coordinator: Prof. 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, or an equivalent course, or evidence of equivalent capabilities, is required.


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.

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



Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) 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.

5.1 You will be accountable for individual learning and scientific work by being an independent and self-directed learner

5.2 You will work effectively, responsibly, ethically, and safely in an individual or team context

5.3 You will demonstrate knowledge of the regulatory frameworks and ethical principles relevant to biotechnology


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

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

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.


 


Course Learning Outcomes

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 simulated 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.



Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities included in this course are:

  • reviewing recorded lectures where syllabus material will be presented and explained, and the subject will be illustrated with demonstrations and examples;
  • completion of simulated 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


Overview of Learning Resources

Lecture notes will be provided through Canvas, 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 Task 1: Practical reports

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 2 & 4

Assessment Task 2: Written assignment

Weighting 35%

This assessment task supports CLO 1, 3 & 4

Assessment 3: End-of-semester knowledge check

Weighting 35%

This assessment supports CLO 1-4