BMS355 Immunology (6)

This subject covers the structure and function of the mammalian immune system, dynamics of the immune response in fighting infections, immune system dysfunction and theory underpinning immunological assays and their application.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2021.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Biomedical Sciences

Assumed Knowledge

BMS141 and BMS246

Subject Relationships

BMS308 BMS355 plus BMS357 Practical Immunology and Transfusion Science is equivalent to BMS308

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to explain the structure and properties of the tissues, cells and molecules involved in immune responses and apply this knowledge to the overall function of the immune system;
  • be able to explain the mechanisms of immune responses and of anti-microbial defences of the mammalian immune system in order to discuss immunological responses in a range of situations and evaluate the outcome of immune responses in normal and pathological situations;
  • be able to evaluate the importance of various components of the immune system and how they interact with each other during an immune response;
  • be able to evaluate the range of immunological techniques capable of being employed in modern biomedical science; and
  • be able to explain the pathology of the immune system with particular reference to immunodeficiency diseases, hypersensitivity reactions, infectious diseases and autoimmune diseases and discuss the suitability/importance of various assays used in the diagnosis of these conditions.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Topic 1: Introduction to immunology;
  • Topic 2: Cells and organs of the immune system;
  • Topic 3: Mechanisms of innate immunity;
  • Topic 4: Antigens and antibody;
  • Topic 5: B cell activation and differentiation;
  • Topic 6: Major histocompatibility complex and antigen processing and presentation;
  • Topic 7: T cell activation and differentiation;
  • Topic 8: Cytokines;
  • Topic 9: The complement system;
  • Topic 10: Cell mediated effector responses;
  • Topic 11: Immune response to infectious diseases;
  • Topic 12: Immune system disorders; and
  • Topic 13: Practical applications of immunology.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.