Courses & Units

Basic Pathological Processes and Immunity CJA212



This unit focuses on the cellular and molecular functions of the human immune system in health and disease. Students will also be introduced to the molecular pathogenic mechanisms of selected infectious agents causing disease in humans; antibiotics and antibiotic resistance mechanisms; and the importance of the human microbiome in disease. Laboratory practical classes will provide opportunities for students to develop skills in performing immunology and microbiology techniques, as well as data recording, analysis and reporting. Furthermore, students will be able to expand upon their knowledge of key concepts detailed in lectures/tutorials by performing relevant scientific literature-based research and effectively communicating outcomes.


Unit name Basic Pathological Processes and Immunity
Unit code CJA212
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Medicine
Discipline Medicine
Coordinator Doctor Mark Ambrose
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Intermediate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 10/7/2023 8/8/2023 28/8/2023 15/10/2023

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Learning Outcomes

  • Describe and discuss the cellular and molecular functions of the human immune system and the contribution of immune response dysregulation and inflammation to cellular injury and death
  • Describe and discuss the general biology, transmission, pathogenic mechanisms and host immune-evasion strategies of selected infectious agents; the human microbiome; and the mode of action of certain antibiotics and mechanisms conferring resistance
  • Conduct immunology and microbiology experiments and collate, interpret and report scientific data in a responsible manner
  • Critically review of scientific literature relevant to immunology and/or pathogenesis and communicate outcomes using discipline specific terminology
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
$1,037.00 $1,037.00 not applicable $2,522.00

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((CHG105 AND CHG106) OR (CZZ101 AND CZZ102))


Teaching Pattern

Lectures, tutorials, laboratory sessions, MyLo

AssessmentIn-Term Test 1 (15%)|Written exam (40%)|Essay (20%)|Laboratory Worksheets (10%)|In-Term Test 2 (15%)
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