Course Title: Clinical Immunology

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Clinical Immunology

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

ONPS2559

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

173H School of Health and Biomed

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr. Dodie Pouniotis

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6680

Course Coordinator Email: dodie.pouniotis@rmit.edu.au


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

There are no pre-requisites for this course.


Course Description

This is a comprehensive introduction to the study of clinical immunology designed for undergraduate biomedical science students.

 

You will be introduced to basic immunological mechanisms including an overview of immunology, antigens and antibodies, cells of the immune system and soluble mediators of the immune system. 

Immune disorders including hypersensitivity reactions, immune-proliferative and autoimmune disorders, transplantation and tumour immunology will then be addressed. 

Your subsequent study of Clinical Immunology will concentrate on the immunological methods used to evaluate human disease and include the theoretical basis for tests of immune function. 

You will develop a sound foundation for further study and professional practice in immunology and associated laboratories.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for: 

BP147 Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Laboratory Medicine) 

PLO1. Knowledge capability: Understand appropriate and relevant, theoretical concepts of scientific knowledge with the ability to use and apply the knowledge in a wide range of problem solving, challenging and interpretative situations within the professional laboratory medicine discipline.

PLO2. Technical capability: Ability to apply a range of diagnostic technologies and methodologies relevant to the fields of Clinical Biochemistry, Haematology, Histopathology, Cytopathology or Microbiology. These methodologies will identify pathological changes which deviate from the normal physiological range. Students will use logical and systematic thinking to solve problems with diagnostic techniques and procedures, and apply high level analytical skills to the chosen area of clinical laboratory specialisation.

PLO3. Professional practices: Contribute to academic and professional work settings through responsible, self- managed, independent work, interpersonal skills which support constructive interactions with individuals and teams, and understand the ethical and legal framework that underpins the field of diagnostic pathology. 

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for: 

BP231 Bachelor of Biomedical Science 

PLO2. Exhibit depth and breadth of scientific knowledge by:

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

PLO3. Critically analyse and solve scientific problems by:

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


On completion of this course you should be able to: 

CLO1. Explain the normal structure, function and regulation of the immune system.

CLO2. Describe how the immune system causes and prevents human disease.

CLO3.  Relate the immunological basis of human disease and its application in a diagnostic immunology laboratory  and/or research laboratory.

CLO4. Demonstrate effective skills in problem-solving and self-directed learning to enhance greater depth of knowledge in Clinical Immunology.

CLO5. Perform basic and specific laboratory techniques related to diagnostic and clinical immunology.


Overview of Learning Activities

The course will include a wide range of blended learning activities designed to stimulate your interest in the topics being covered. This includes lectures delivered face to face as well as online.  Integrated active learning workshops will involve various activities to consolidate lecture concepts and introduce clinical cases relevant to course content.

Industry experts will present authentic and current topics direct from the field. You will participate in engaging and relevant practical laboratory sessions where you will learn the techniques used in a contemporary Immunology laboratory. You will work both individually and also collaboratively with your peers and subject experts at the interface of theory, experimentation and application.

You will undertake 5 hours per week in lectures, online videos, active learning workshops and intensive laboratory practical sessions. In addition, you can expect to spend a minimum of four hours per week in independent study, including online work.


Overview of Learning Resources

Laboratory, lecture and other course material will be available electronically.


Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment tasks

Assessment Task 1: Online Immunology Theory Tests
Weighting 20%
This assessment task supports CLO1 and 2.

Assessment Task 2: Active Learning Tutorial Attendance and Participation

Weighting 5%
This assessment task supports CLO3 and 4. 

Assessment Task 3: Understanding Methods in Clinical Immunology.

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLO3, 4 and 5. 

Assessment Task 4: Practical Exam
Weighting 25%
This assessment task supports CLO3, 4 and 5.

Assessment Task 5: Final Theory Exam
Weighting 30%
This assessment supports CLO1, 2, and 4.