Medical Microbiology: Viruses

Subject 526-314 (2009)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2009. Search for this in the current handbook

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 33 lectures and three hours of tutorials
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours
Prerequisites: Microbiology 526-201 and 526-221 and preferably one or more of the following: microbiology 526-205, biochemistry 521-211 and 521-212, or genetics 652-214 and 652-215.BBiomedSc students: microbiology 526-201 or 526-205; 521-213 and 536-250.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: Credit cannot be obtained for this subject if credit has already been obtained for 526-303 (1999 Handbook) or for both 526-311 and 526-312 (2002 Handbook).
Core Participation Requirements: It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study and reasonable steps will be made to enhance a student’s participation in the University’s programs. Students who feel their disability may impact upon their participation are encouraged to discuss this with the subject coordinator and the Disability Liaison Unit.


Assoc Prof Damian Francis John Purcell, Prof Lorena Elizabeth Brown
Subject Overview:

Upon completion of this subject students should understand and be able to describe:

  • how medically important viruses cause disease;

  • how viruses replicate, are transmitted and detected;

  • how the host's immune response acts to limit viral infection and how, in some cases, this can lead to pathology.

Students should be able to apply relevant knowledge of viral replication, pathogenesis, immunity and epidemiology to the determination of appropriate strategies for developing new drugs and vaccines.

Assessment: A 1-hour written examination held mid-semester (20%); a 3-hour written examination in the examination period (80%).
Prescribed Texts: Principles of Virology (S J Flint et al), 2nd edn, 2003
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Students enrolled in the BSc (pre-2008 BSc), BASc or a combined BSc course will receive science credit for the completion of this subject.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Biomedical Science
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Microbiology

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