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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 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 (NZD) $1,038.45
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,680.00

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MICR 221 or MICR 223 or GENE 221
Schedule C
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.
Introduction to Modern Virology, Dimmock et al, 6th edition; Principles of Virology, Flint et al (2nd or 3rd edition)
Web-based resources
Course outline
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Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Critical thinking, Research, Teamwork.
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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
Appropriate for BSc or BBiomedSc students studying Microbiology, Health Sciences and Public Health.
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
  • 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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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Thursday 13:00-13:50 28-30, 32-34, 36-41
Thursday 13:00-14:50 31
Friday 13:00-13:50 28-34, 36-41


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