IMM3042 - Clinical immunopathology - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Mark Wright


Dr Maria DeMaria

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


IMM2011 or BMS2052. Recommended: IMM3031, IMM3051


IMM3062 (recommended)


This unit will review the pathogenesis, diagnosis and treatment of disorders associated with an excessive, defective or unwarranted immune response. Disorders include autoimmune diseases, allergy, immunodeficiency states, leukaemia/ lymphoma and transplant rejection. Prospects for tumour vaccines will also be discussed. How new insight into the cellular and molecular nature of the immune system is enabling improved diagnosis and more effective control of these disorders will be demonstrated. Skills will also be developed in searching and critically reviewing the literature, in assignment writing and oral presentation.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Describe the functional and regulatory pathways of the normal immune system;
  2. Explain how various pathogens evade the immune system and evaluate immunopathologies resulting from infection;
  3. Examine and compare the pathogenesis of different disorders of the immune system such as autoimmunity, allergy, inflammatory diseases, immunodeficiency, leukemia/lymphoma and transplant rejection;
  4. Evaluate immunotherapeutic and immunomodulatory strategies, and determine their suitability for prevention, treatment or cure of immune disorders;
  5. Analyse and interpret data from immunopathology experiments, and demonstrate effective communication of data to an appropriate audience in both written and oral formats in relation to these experiments.


Multiple choice examinations during semester: 15%

Tutorial/directed learning assessments: 20%

Assignment: 20%

Examination (2 hours): 45% (Hurdle)

This unit is subject to the Hurdle and Threshold Standards policiesHurdle and Threshold Standards policies ( of the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences.

Workload requirements

  • One 2-hour tutorial/directed learning
  • Three 1-hour lectures
  • One 1-hour directed learning (online activities)
  • Six hours of self-directed learning per week

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