BMSC13009 - Immunology

General Information

Unit Synopsis

The study of Immunology introduces the student to pre-natal and post-natal development of the human immune system and its function in health and disease states, this includes autoimmune disorders, hypersensitivity reactions and microbiological infections. Students will also learn about the diagnostic uses of antibodies, vaccine design and preventive and therapeutic uses of vaccines.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 3
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite

BMSC12010 Clinical Biochemistry

or

BMED19003 Clinical Biochemistry

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2020

Term 1 - 2020 Profile
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton
Term 1 - 2021 Profile
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Practical Assessment 25%
2. Written Assessment 25%
3. Examination 50%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Unit Evaluations
Feedback
A common theme recognised across a majority of student responses was the value and efficiency of assessment return and response to student queries.
Recommendation
Every effort will be made to post a rapid response to student queries and to provide formative feedback on written and practical assessments in good time so that this may be of real benefit during the term and in preparation for the final exam.
Action Taken
Marked copies of both written and practical assessments were returned to students well ahead of the stipulated deadline. The feedback provided on scripts was tailored to the individual student, as well as posting generic feedback on the unit's Moodle site. This was appreciated by students, as noted by favourable survey comments and scores for assessment return and assessment feedback (both 4.7/5).
Source: Unit Evaluations
Feedback
Praise for the residential school identified the structured program as easy to progress through, very informative and as providing a very helpful guide to student learning in practical aspects of immunology.
Recommendation
If the recent expansion of student numbers is maintained, consideration will be given to tailoring practicals to meet the logistical demands of larger class sizes. This year, the excellent and enthusiastic support of two demonstrators was invaluable to running the residential school, with practical classes split between adjoining laboratories. It is important that such knowledgeable and engaging staff are retained for this role in future years.
Action Taken
Considerable thought was given to the content of the residential school and how best this could meet the unit's intended learning outcomes. One longstanding practical was replaced with another, similar assay, which took appreciable time and effort to develop for use by an undergraduate class. It worked very well, a testament to the preparatory support of the teaching laboratory technician.
Source: Unit Evaluations
Feedback
While feedback on lectures was strongly affirmative, a minority of students suggested that the recordings would benefit from updating with a view to improved continuity between lectures and better accessibility across different technology platforms.
Recommendation
Some lectures will be refreshed, providing greater continuity and enhancing recording quality. The content will remain largely unchanged in close alignment with the latest edition of the prescribed textbook and in adherence to the unit's intended learning outcomes.
Action Taken
Measures were taken to modify, update and refresh learning resources and to ensure that new material integrated with existing sources, notably the prescribed textbook. A series of short weekly podcasts were uploaded to Moodle. These 'ten minute tutorials' aimed to summarise the key learning points of each week's topic, an inclusion for the first time this year that appeared popular with students and provided a valuable tool to reinforce their learning.
Source: Student feedback report and laboratory staff observations.
Feedback
Some students lacked competency in routine biomedical laboratory tasks.
Recommendation
Consideration should be given to providing a relevant practical skills session as a refresher to all students at the commencement of the next residential school.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback report, student e-mail and in-person comments.
Feedback
Students indicated that the weekly summary podcasts (so-called 'ten-minute tutorials') proved extremely popular and aided their learning.
Recommendation
Students' approach to learning appears to respond better to receiving several 'bite-sized' pieces of information rather than as one large continuum - perhaps reflective of how today's society browses online news media. Therefore, consideration will be given to providing further subject-specific brief recordings, either to augment or replace traditional lecture-style curriculum delivery.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. List the major cells and tissues of the immune system and state their function in the immune response.
  2. Explain, using examples, the processes of self / non-self-discrimination and disorders that arise as a result of dysfunction in self/non-self-recognition (autoimmunity).
  3. Define, using examples, the terms 'innate' and 'specific' immunity and describe how the non-specific and specific arms of the immune system work together to effect an immune response.
  4. Describe, using examples, the structure and function of antigen recognition molecules.
  5. Define and give examples of the effects of immune 'dysfunction' such as hypersensitivity and immunodeficiency.
  6. Outline the host responses to transplantation and be able to define xenotransplantation and discuss advantages and disadvantages of this process.
  7. Describe, the typical mammalian immune system responses to proteins, bacteria, viruses, protozoa, helminths, fungi and other representative multi-cellular organisms.
  8. Demonstrate competence in the use of primary resource material for experimental and research assignment purposes.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Practical Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
6 - Information Technology Competence
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Practical Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Examination