Immunology is the study of how the body defends itself against pathogenic microorganisms...
Immunology is an exciting, cutting edge discipline, covering everything from how host defences are activated by pathogens; why allergies are on the increase; to generating new vaccines to combat infectious diseases and even cancer. By its very nature, immunology integrates several different disciplines, and links microbiology courses to biochemistry and cell biology courses.
BIOL3003 is a popular course that provides a wide range of skills that form the foundation of continued study in the broad areas of Biomedical Science, Immunology, Microbiology, Virology and Parasitology.
What do I do in this course?
The course covers the main aspects of Immunology at an advanced level.
  • The first part of the course gives an introduction to Cellular Immunology: the cell types involved in immune responses, the interactions between these cells during immune and inflammatory responses, and the mechanisms of host response against infectious pathogens.
  • This is then extended into Molecular Immunology, which covers in detail the molecular events responsible for the regulation of T cells, B cells, and other immune cells. This also extends into the mechanisms underlying T and B cell recognition of antigens and antigen processing, in transplantation, viral immunity and in various immune diseases.
  • The understanding of the cellular and molecular basis of the immune response is then developed to cover Clinical Immunology. The role of the immune system in human health and disease is described in detail, with examples showing how the immune dysfunction leads to chronic inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and asthma, cancer immunology, immunogenetics and immune deficiency. 
  • Throughout the course students will also learn about Applied Immunology, with lectures on vaccine technology and immunotherapeutics.
  • Problem-based learning programmes will be used to proved alternative means to demonstrate these topics.
Career relevance of this course:
Immunology is at the forefront of modern biomedical research.
 
The study of Immunology is central to understanding the pathology of host defence mechanisms. Immunologists can find careers in routine hospital and pathology labs, biomedical research labs, the biotech and pharmaceutical industries, and BIOL3003 can be part of a useful major in preparation for the postgraduate medical course.
Program planning advice:
This course is recommended by the course coordinator for inclusion in the Microbiology major in the Bachelor of Science program, and is compulsory for the Immunology & Infectious Diseases stream in the Biomedical Science major.

For an official description of this course, including prerequisites and contact hours, and for the official rules of programs, including majors requirements, see the UQ Programs & Courses website.