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VIRO3002: Medical and Applied Virology

This unit of study explores diseases in human caused by viruses, with focus on the way viruses infect individual patients and spread in the community, and how virus infections are diagnosed, treated and/or prevented. Host/Virus interactions will also be described with a focus on the viral mechanisms that have evolved to combat and/or evade host defence systems. These features will be used to explain the symptoms, spread and control of the most medically important viruses that cause serious disease in humans. The unit will be taught within the Infection, Immunity and Inflammation Theme in the School of Medical Sciences, with the involvement of associated clinical and research experts who will contribute lectures on their own special interests and with contributions from the Discipline of Microbiology. In the practical classes students will have the opportunity to develop their skills in performing methods currently used in diagnostic and research laboratories such as molecular analysis of viral genomes, immunofluorescent staining of viral antigens, cell culture and the culture of viruses.

Code VIRO3002
Academic unit Department of Medical Sciences
Credit points 6
6cp from (BMED2404 or IMMU2101 or MEDS2004 or MIMI2X02 or MICR2X22)
Assumed knowledge:
Fundamental concepts of microorganisms and biomolecules

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. demonstrate a thorough understanding of the scientific foundations and clinical applications of medical and applied virology
  • LO2. define prevention strategies to the control of viral infections
  • LO3. demonstrate knowledge of, and training in, laboratory techniques used to diagnose infections caused by viruses
  • LO4. develop effective skills in problem-solving and self-directed learning
  • LO5. demonstrate advanced oral communication skills as a presenter in a virology conference style setting
  • LO6. demonstrate the capacity to critically evaluate the scientific literature on a virology topic and present this in a written form as a scientific review article.