Advanced Immunology and Cell Technology - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Web Dependent
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP2 , SP3
  • Assessment: Essay (35%) , Invigilated Exam (50%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 1,931.00
HECS 1,131.00
International 2,181.00

An overview of the immune system including humoral and cell-mediated immunity; Innate immune responses, 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; Molecular basis of antigen recognition, antibodies and applications; Approaches to vaccination; Dendritic cells and vaccines; Cancer immunology and vaccines; Transplantation immunology. Practical exercises and demonstrations of some immunological techniques.

Please note below the On-Campus requirement dates at RMIT's Bundoora Campus:

2017, Study Period 2

  • June 26 - 30, 2017 - All Day*

2017, Study Period 3

  • Oct 30 - Nov 3, 2017 - All Day*

*More details will be provided at the commencement of the relevant Study Period and available on Blackboard.

At the completion of this unit students will have:

  1. Advanced knowledge of the underlying principles of immunology and its application in solving problems in biological systems
  2. An awareness of some current research activities in the field and possible applications of this knowledge
  3. A working knowledge of some immunological techniques and their application
  4. Skills in critical review and analysis of scientific data and the oral and written communication of scientific information.

This unit will develop graduate attributes of knowledge ability, critical-thinking, technical competency, self-directed learning skills, problem-solving and communication skills (written, verbal and interpersonal).

  • Essay (35%)
  • Invigilated Exam (50%)
  • Practicum (15%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Recommended prerequisites

You are recommended to have completed the following unit(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:

  • SCB220 — Genetics and molecular biology
  • Some on campus attendance

This unit addresses the following topics.

2Antigen processing and presentation, T cell activation, cytokine networks
4Cancer immunology
6Transplantation immunology

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This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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