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.
- First semester 2019 (On-campus)
This unit aims to introduce students to practical aspects of laboratory immunology. The course is laboratory based with tutorials to ensure a thorough theoretical understanding of techniques. Topics include the anatomy of the immune system, production of polyclonal antisera and monoclonal antibodies, structure and properties of immunoglobulins (antibodies), electrophoresis and other techniques for detection of antigen/antibody reactions. Diagnostic immunology techniques include immunofluorescence, fluorescence microscopy, flow cytometry, enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) and analysis of plasma proteins (immunoglobulins, complement etc).
On completion of this unit students will be able to:
- Compare different methods of antibodies purified from a range of different biological sources;
- Validate different methods of testing purified antibody products;
- Demonstrate the ability to perform common laboratory calculations and use these in a practical setting;
- Accurately record, analyse and report experimental outcomes and demonstrate this by producing written laboratory reports;
- Source relevant scientific literature from a variety of sources, including (but not limited to) scientific journals, textbooks and the internet for the completion of written or oral assignments.
Practical class reports: 40% (Hurdle)
Examination (3 hours): 50% (Hurdle)
This unit is subject to the Hurdle and Threshold Standards policiesHurdle and Threshold Standards policies (http://www.med.monash.edu.au/policies/assessment-policy-2017.html) of the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences.
One 5-hour practical class per week
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