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Clinical Immunology (BMS322)

Organisational Unit Medical, Molecular and Forensic Sciences
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal (quota of 25 places)
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description Clinical immunology concerns diseases of the immune system such as hypersensitivity, immunodeficiency, autoimmune and allergic disorders, as well as managing non-immunological diseases using immunological therapies and tools. In this unit, students will apply their knowledge of the immune system to the development of laboratory skills used to conduct immunological diagnostic testing, and critically assess and analyse the results of these tests. Topics covered include immunopathology, immune tolerance, monoclonal antibody technology, tumour immunology, immunotherapy, vaccine efficacy, transplantation, immunoassays and flow cytometry.
Unit Learning Outcomes On completion of this unit, you should be able to demonstrate the following learning outcomes and skills:
1. Knowledge: you will demonstrate understanding of the immune system in health and disease, and of the principles and applications of laboratory tests conducted in the clinical immunology laboratory.
2. Communication: through the interactive analysis of case studies, and scientific reports in an appropriate format.
3. Problem solving skills: through diagnostic strategies involved in the interpretation of laboratory results and clinical data.
4. Social responsibility: through the development of laboratory skills, analysis of laboratory data and communication involved in the diagnosis of disorders of the immune system and to develop understanding of ethical issues and responsibilities related to clinical immunology and the pathology industry.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 2 hours per week; workshops: 2 hours per week; laboratory sessions: 3 hours per week (weeks 2-13).
Unit Learning Experiences The learning experience in this unit consists of structured lecture content that is carefully aligned with practical laboratory sessions. In this way, the lectures inform the practical sessions, while the practicals reinforce the lecture content and develop the students' experimental, generic, quality control and problem-solving skills. The practicals are designed to ensure student exposure to all the key techniques of clinical immunology.
Assessment There are three assessments: 1) Ongoing practical assessment: students record the results of their laboratory experiments in scientific format. Formative and summative feedback provided .45% Individual. Continuous assessment. 2) Mid-semester test: demonstrate and apply theoretical and practical knowledge of immunology, immunological disorders and laboratory tests conducted in clinical immunology. Summative feedback provided. 15% Individual. Early/mid teaching period. 3) Theory exam: demonstrate and apply theoretical and practical knowledge of immunology, immunological disorders and laboratory tests conducted in clinical immunology. Summative feedback provided. 40% Individual. End Teaching Period.Assessment Item 1
Prerequisites BMS211 Immunology and Molecular Genetics
Quota This unit is subject to quota. Due to limited laboratory space and equipment. Preference will be given to students enrolled in Laboratory Medicine (BSc/BLabMed) or Clinical Laboratory Science (BSc)
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Clinical Laboratory Science (BSc) [New in 2015]
Laboratory Medicine (BSc/BLabMed) [New in 2016]
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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