Courses & Units

Immunology CXA211


This unit is designed to give the student a broad understanding of the immune system and its functions. Topics include: activation and regulation of innate and adaptive immunity and the principles governing vaccination; the molecular basis of antigen specificity; antibody structure and interaction with antigens; disorders of the immune system; tumour and transplantation immunology; the application of immunological reactions for the diagnosis and monitoring of disease; and the use of immunological techniques as analytical tools in the clinical laboratory.


Unit name Immunology
Unit code CXA211
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Health Sciences
Discipline Health Sciences
Coordinator Doctor Nicole Ranson
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Intermediate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 1 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 1 20/2/2023 21/3/2023 10/4/2023 28/5/2023

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Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the key components of the normal innate and adaptive immune responses and differentiate between the different causes of abnormal immune responses
  • Show competency in basic immunological technical skills and critically assess and analyse laboratory results
  • Communicate scientifically both orally and in writing using professional/biomedical language and 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 $2,472.00

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Teaching Pattern

Tutorial – 2 hours (weekly), Practical – 3 hours (weekly)

AssessmentMid-semester test (15%)|Examination (40%)|Pre - and post-laboratory questions (30%)|Multiple choice quizzes (15%)
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You will need the following text:
Kuby Immunology 7th Edition, by Judith A. Owen, Jenni Punt, Sharon A. Stranford.


Basic Immunology: Functions and disorders of the immune system 4th Edn. Abbas, A. Lichtman, A. & Pillai S. Saunders, 2014
Immunology for Medical Students. Nairn, R. and Helbert, M. Mosby, 2002.
Basic and Clinical Immunology. Peakman M and Vergani D, Churchill Livingstone, 1997.
Immunology: A Short Course. 5th Edn. Benjamani, E. Coico, R. & Sunshine G. Wiley Liss, 2003.
Immunology: Theoretical & Practical Concepts in Laboratory Medicine. Zane, H. Saunders, 2001.
Immunobiology: The Immune System in Health and Disease. Janeway, C. & Travers, P. Churchill Livinstone, 1997.
Cellular and Molecular Immunology. Abbas, A., Lichtman, A. & Pober, J. Saunders 1991.
Immunology. 3rd ed. Roitt, I., Brostoff, J. & Male, D. Mosby, 1993.

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