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MICR337 Virology

Molecular aspects of viral entry, replication, and assembly in host cells. Mechanisms by which viruses manipulate the hosts to multiply and cause disease.

Viruses are microscopic parasites that cause serious human, animal, and plant diseases worldwide. 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.

Paper title Virology
Paper code MICR337
Subject Microbiology
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,018.05
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,500.00

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Prerequisite
MICR 221 or MICR 223 or GENE 221
Schedule C
Science
Eligibility
Appropriate for BSc or BBiomedSc students studying Microbiology, Health Sciences and Public Health
Contact
matloob.husain@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Convenor: Dr Matloob Husain
Other Lecturers: Professor Vernon Ward, Professor Andy Mercer and Dr Mihnea Bostina
Paper Structure
  • Lectures provide an integrated understanding of virus-host interactions
  • Self-directed learning enables to research and present a contemporary virology topics
  • Laboratory classes enable to isolate, purify, and identify a virus
Assessment:
Essay on a given virology topic (10%); due date in second week of August.
Assignments based on laboratory experiments (20%); due dates in first and second week of October.
Final examination (70%); as per University Calendar
Teaching Arrangements
There are two lectures per week for 13 teaching weeks of the second semester. There are two laboratory classes per week during academic weeks 9-12 of the second semester. Students may leave the lab for other commitments such as lectures and are able to plan their experiments to fit in with these commitments.
Textbooks
Introduction to Modern Virology, Dimmock et al, 6th edition; Principles of Virology, Flint et al (2nd or 3rd edition)
Web-based resources
Course outline
View course outline for MICR 337
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Critical thinking, Research, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
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

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Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Thursday 13:00-13:50 28-30, 32-34, 36-41
Friday 13:00-13:50 28-34, 36-41

Practical

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
P1 Tuesday 14:00-17:50 37-40
Wednesday 09:00-17:50 37-40

Molecular aspects of viral entry, replication, and assembly in host cells. Mechanisms by which viruses manipulate the hosts to multiply and cause disease.

Viruses are microscopic organisms that cause serious human, animal, and plant diseases worldwide. There is a constant need for experienced virologists who can identify viruses, diagnose viral diseases and develop new and innovative antiviral drugs and vaccines. This paper covers the fundamentals of virus life cycle and systemic effects of virus infection on the host. From this paper, you will acquire the knowledge essential for a career in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of viral diseases.

Paper title Virology
Paper code MICR337
Subject Microbiology
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2018 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Prerequisite
MICR 221 or MICR 223 or GENE 221
Schedule C
Science
Teaching Arrangements
Two lectures per week throughout 13 teaching weeks of the second semester. Two laboratory classes per week during teaching weeks 9-12 of the second semester. Students may leave the lab for other commitments such as lectures and are able to plan their laboratory experiments to fit in with those commitments.
Textbooks
Introduction to Modern Virology, Dimmock et al, 6th edition; Principles of Virology, Flint et al (2nd or 3rd edition)
Web-based resources
Course outline
View course outline for MICR 337
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Critical thinking, Research, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
  • In-depth understanding of virus infection and viral manipulation of host
  • Hands-on technical experience of virological research techniques
  • Ready to apply the knowledge in the workplace
Eligibility
Appropriate for BSc or BBiomedSc students studying Microbiology, Health Sciences and Public Health.
Contact
matloob.husain@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Convenor: Dr Matloob Husain
Other Lecturers: Professor Vernon Ward, Professor Andy Mercer and Dr Mihnea Bostina
Paper Structure
Paper Structure:
  • Lectures - provide an integrated molecular understanding of virus-host interactions
  • Self-directed learning - enables to research and present a contemporary virology topic
  • Laboratory classes - enable to isolate, purify, and identify a virus
Assessment:
  • Essay on a given virology topic (10%) - due date in second week of August
  • Assignments based on laboratory experiments (20%) - due dates in first and second week of October
  • Final examination (70%) - as per the university calendar

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Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Thursday 13:00-13:50 28-30, 32-34, 36-41
Friday 13:00-13:50 28-34, 36-41

Practical

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
P1 Tuesday 14:00-17:50 37-40
Wednesday 09:00-17:50 37-40