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,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021

Course Coordinator: Dr Kylie Quinn

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9086

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 223.2A.015-2

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


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 principles and mechanisms of immunity, with key cells, tissues and processes of the immune system explored. You will learn the fundamentals of innate, B cell- and T cell-based immune responses, immune kinetics and immune regulation. You will then apply these basic principles to the real world, exploring infection, vaccination, autoimmunity, tumour immunology, transplantation and immunodeficiency.

You will identify basic principles of immunity that impact on diagnosis of case studies in workshops.

Your practical work will concentrate on methods that utilise basic immune principles to diagnose human disease or test immune function. You will develop basic skills necessary for clinical immunology testing in a diagnostic laboratory and apply critical thinking to solve clinical related questions.

You will develop a sound foundation for further study and professional practice in immunology and associated laboratories. The course requires you to integrate your knowledge of Immunology with other study areas including Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry and Genetics. It also provides a sound foundation for further study in Haematology, Blood Transfusion Science and Pathology.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for: 

BP147 Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Laboratory Medicine) 

  • PLO 1. 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.
  • PLO 2. 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.
  • PLO 3. 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. 

BP231 Bachelor of Biomedical Science 

  • PLO 2. Exhibit depth and breadth of scientific knowledge by:

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

  • PLO 3. 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 successful completion of this course you should be able to: 

  1. Explain the normal structure, function and regulation of the immune system and describe how it may cause and prevent disease.
  2. Evaluate the immunological basis of human disease and its diagnosis in a professional laboratory.
  3. Analyse and demonstrate effective skills in problem-solving through written and verbal communication to a professional and non-professional audience.
  4. Competently perform basic and specific laboratory techniques related to human disease relevant within a global context.


Overview of Learning Activities

The course will include a wide range of activities designed to stimulate your interest in the topics being covered. The theoretical and practical components of this course are highly integrated. Online lectures, active learning workshops, and practicals will facilitate both group and independent learning. This includes self-paced lectures delivered online.

Active learning workshops will involve evaluation of cases studies to consolidate lecture concepts and introduce real-world scenarios relevant to course content.

You will participate in practical laboratory sessions where you will learn the techniques used in a contemporary immunology laboratory. You will work both individually and collaboratively with your peers and subject experts at the interface of theory, experimentation and application.

Overview of Learning Resources

Learning resources in this course include lecture notes, active learning workshop worksheets, practical notes and online learning material. All resources are made available via the RMIT online Learning Management System (LMS) Canvas. Prescribed textbooks and recommended references are available in the library.

Other Resources

Please refer to the Resources Folder via the RMIT online Learning Management System (LMS) Canvas.

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

On-going assessment tasks will be conducted during semester including two online theory assessments, a practical assessment and a written assignment.

The theory assessments during the semester and at the end of semester will evaluate your understanding of the basic principles and mechanisms of immunity and how they can be seen to impact on clinical cases.

The practical assessment during the semester will evaluate your understanding the underlying principles and procedures of diagnostic testing in clinical immunology and to apply critical thinking and problem-based learning techniques to apply basic immunologic information to selected clinical case studies.

The short, individual written assignment during the semester will develop your ability to communicate immunological concepts clearly and concisely.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Mid-semester online assessment

Weighting 15%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 2

Assessment Task 2: Practical Assessment

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 4

Assessment Task 3: Individual Written Assignment

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, & 3

Assessment Task 4: Final online assessment

Weighting 35%

This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3