The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2021
Course code

HUBS3602

Units

10 units

Level

3000 level

Course handbook

Description

This course provides integrated learning in human infection and immunity with major focus on the techniques and approaches used to study and understand and diagnose infection- and immune-associated disorders of the human immune system that cause disease. Students will study the pathogenesis of infection-associated and immunological disorders, including bacterial and viral diseases, autoimmune and allergic diseases and inflammatory diseases of the mucosa. Immune deficiency, hypersensitivities, tumour immunology, transplantation and transfusion immune reactions will also be addressed.

The course is organised as a series of modules, which include practical labs, lectures and workshops/tutorials. This course prepares students for a laboratory-based career in the study and/or diagnosis of infection- and immune-associated diseases of major importance.


Availability

Callaghan

  • Semester 2 - 2021

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Describe the pathogenesis of microbial and viral infections and apply this knowledge to the diagnosis and treatment of infectious disease.

2. Demonstrate knowledge of the utilisation of contemporary biomedical and molecular techniques to diagnose and characterise immune disorders and in the development of new diagnostics and treatments for immune disorders.

3. Describe, at an advanced level, human immunity and the development of immune responses.

4. Demonstrate how to research topics, seek out information and solve problems in clinical immunology.

5. Demonstrate practical skills necessary to conduct laboratory-based investigations in clinical immunology.

6. Analyse, discuss and present laboratory-based data and scientific information in written and oral form.


Content

The content of the course concentrates on the pathogenesis, diagnosis and treatment of infection- and immune-associated disorders. The course will provide students with theoretical and practical sessions that will help understanding the basis of a number of important techniques used for the study and diagnosis of infection- and immune-associated diseases. Students will study techniques such as detection of microorganisms, antibody-based detection methods, immunoblot, flow cytometry, histology and immunogenetics.

Topics include:

  1. Microbiology overview (bacteria, viruses and eukaryotic micro-organisms)
  2. Immune system overview (components of the immune system and innate and adaptive immune response)
  3. Infection-associated disease and vaccination
  4. Immune hypersensitivities; autoimmune and allergic diseases
  5. Epithelial barriers and inflammatory diseases of the mucosal sites
  6. Immunodeficiency and tumour immunology
  7. Transplantation/transfusion immunology

Requisite

This course replaces HUBS3206. If you have successfully completed HUBS3206 you cannot enrol in this course.


Assumed knowledge

HUBS2601 Human Infection and Immunity 1 or equivalent.


Assessment items

Written Assignment: Written Assignment *

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Laboratory/Workshop Skills/Analyses *

Formal Examination: Formal Exam *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.


Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Formal Examination: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - Students must pass both the formal examination AND continual assessment in order to be able to pass the course overall.
  • Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - Students must pass both the formal examination AND continual assessment in order to be able to pass the course overall.
  • Written Assignment: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - Students must pass both the formal examination AND continual assessment in order to be able to pass the course overall.

Contact hours

Callaghan

Laboratory

Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 4 Weeks

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 22 hour(s) per Term Full Term

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 4 Weeks