NATS 7023 Forensic Immunology

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 301146

Coordinator Chris Lennard Opens in new window

Description This unit will introduce students to the principles of immunology, immunological techniques, and their application to forensic analyses. This unit is taught by the University of Florida as part of a collaborative venture between the University of Florida and Western Sydney University. Note: Further information on this unit is available from the University of Florida.

School Science

Discipline Forensic Science

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 2 10cp

Level Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject


Students must be enrolled in 3741 Master of Forensic Science, 3742 Graduate Diploma in Forensic Science or 3743 Graduate Certificate in Forensic Science.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  1. To understand the cellular basis of immunity, including innate and adaptive immunity
  2. To understand the principles of antibody-antigen interactions
  3. To know the functional and structural properties of antibodies
  4. To know to the details of the immune system for capturing and displaying antigens to lymphocytes
  5. To know the details of cell-mediated immune responses and the effector mechanisms of cell mediated immunity
  6. To know the details of the humoral immune response
  7. To understand the process resulting in antibody diversity
  8. To understand the processes of complement mediated reactions
  9. To understand the processes of hypersensitivity
  10. To know examples of diseases caused by defective immune responses, congenital and acquired immunodeficiencies
  11. To know the principles and processes of Immunology and serology laboratory methods

Subject Content

Module 1 The Basics of Immunology
Module 2 Antibodies
Module 3 Antigen Capture, Presentation and Recognition
Module 4 Cell Mediated and Humoral Immune Responses
Module 5 Diversity, Assembly, Switching and Maturation
Module 6 Complement System, Activation and Regulation
Module 7 Immune Response Disorders
Module 8 Immunology and Serology Laboratory Methods


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Final Exam Not specified 100 N Individual

Teaching Periods

Uni of Florida/Canberra-Term 1



Subject Contact Chris Lennard Opens in new window

View timetable Opens in new window

Uni of Florida/Canberra-Term 3



Subject Contact Chris Lennard Opens in new window

View timetable Opens in new window