Course Title: Clinical Immunology

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Clinical Immunology

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr Dodie Pouniotis

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7074

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.10.010

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This is a comprehensive introduction to the study of clinical immunology designed for postgraduate 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: 

MC158 Master of Laboratory Medicine 

PLO1. Have a comprehensive understanding of key scientific principles underpinning laboratory medicine and have developed a systemic knowledge of core cellular and molecular processes underlying health and disease. Have advanced knowledge of two core clinical speciality disciplines of laboratory medicine and advanced management skills.

PLO2. Technical capability: Ability to develop and perform a range of diagnostic techniques relevant to the field of laboratory medicine. To use logical and systemic thinking and high level critical analysis skills to solve problems by utilising diagnostic techniques and methodologies in the chosen areas of clinical laboratory specialisation.

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-directing learning to develop a greater depth of knowledge in Clinical Immunology.

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

CLO6. Apply diagnostic reasoning to understanding disease states and their immunological causes through critical analysis of current literature and practice.

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, 4 and 6. 

Assessment Task 3: Understanding Methods in Clinical Immunology.

Weighting 20%
This assessment task supports CLO3, 4, 5 and 6. 

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.