University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name


  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    MICR 221 or MICR 223 or GENE 221

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    How viruses recognise and infect cells. Molecular aspects of viral replication. How viruses interact with the host and cause disease with emphasis on contemporary human viral diseases.
    Viruses are microscopic parasites that cause serious human, animal and plant diseases throughout the world. There is a constant need for experienced virologists who can identify viruses and develop new and innovative antiviral drugs and vaccines. This paper covers the fundamentals of the virus life cycle and systemic effects of virus infection on the host. You will develop the knowledge essential for a career in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of viral diseases.

    Course Structure
    -Lectures provide an integrated understanding of virus-host interactions
    -Self-directed learning enables students to research and present a contemporary virology topic
    -Laboratory classes enable students to isolate, purify and identify a virus

    -Essay on a given virology topic 10% (due date in the second week of August)
    -Assignments based on laboratory experiments 20% (due dates in the first and second weeks of October)
    -Final examination 70% (as per the University calendar)

    Learning Outcomes
    -In-depth understanding of virus infection and viral manipulation of the host
    -Hands-on technical experience of virological research techniques
    -Readiness to apply the knowledge in the workplace

    Introduction to Modern Virology, Dimmock et al, 6th edition; Principles of Virology, Flint et al (2nd or 3rd edition)
    Principles of Molecular Virology, Alan Cann (4th or 5th edition)
    Web-based resources

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