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MICR334 Advanced Immunology

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Mechanisms of immune activation and tolerance, molecular immunology, allergy, autoimmunity, immunodeficiency, immunoendocrinology, tumour immunotherapy and transplant immunology. Tools for tumour immunotherapy, fluorescent cell sorting, lymphocyte activation, cytotoxicity and cytokine assays.Note: This paper includes additional non-streamed lab time that does not appear in the timetable. Please contact the department for further details.

The immune system helps determine how our bodies respond to infections, allergens, transplantation and cancer. Understanding how it functions is essential for the development of effective vaccines and treatments. This paper will demonstrate how the immune system functions and give you the opportunity to see how your knowledge can be applied.

A course in immunology opens up career possibilities in fields as diverse as influenza vaccine development, cancer immunology and autoimmunity. This paper will build on your fundamental knowledge of immunology. This paper is ideal if you want to explore and develop your understanding of the immune system and investigate the application of immunology knowledge at the interface between disease and the host response to disease.

Paper title Advanced Immunology
Paper code MICR334
Subject Microbiology
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,092.15
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,314.50

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MICR 223
Recommended Preparation
MICR 221
Schedule C
Appropriate for BSc or BBiomedSc students.
Associate Professor Roslyn Kemp:
Teaching staff

Convenor: Associate Professor Roslyn Kemp
Other Lecturers: Professor Alex McLellan, Associate Professor Jo Kirman and Megan Hall

Paper Structure

The lectures focus on:

  • Comparative Immunity and Innate Immune Responses
  • Antigen Recognition and Presentation
  • Lab Preparation
  • T Cell Immunology
  • Immune Regulation
  • B Cell Immunology
  • Vaccines

The laboratory course investigates T cell plasticity. In these labs, you will work in groups to design and carry out experiments to culture T cell populations and to change them into different populations. Several protocols will be provided to help you.


  • Poster for Practical Component (20%)
  • Blackboard Quiz on lab content (10%)
  • Final Exam (70%)
Teaching Arrangements
24 lectures
4 weeks of practical work (12 hours/week)

There are two lectures per week for all weeks of the first semester. There is one laboratory session per week, with each laboratory session running over 2-4 days. Students may leave the lab for other commitments, such as lectures, and are able to plan their experiments to fit in with these commitments. The laboratory classes run in weeks 5-8 of the first semester.

Textbooks are not required for this paper.

Course outline

View the MICR 334 course outline

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Information literacy, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
  • Build on fundamental knowledge of immunology.
  • Investigate the application of immunology knowledge at the interface between disease and the host response to disease.

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 13:00-13:50 9-13, 15-22
Friday 13:00-13:50 9-12, 15-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 14:00-17:50 13, 15-17
Wednesday 09:00-10:50 13, 15-17
Wednesday 12:00-17:50 13, 15-17