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MICR337 Virology

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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. The COVID-19 pandemic is caused by a virus. Therefore, learning about the viruses is relevant more than ever. There is, and will be a constant need for experienced virologists who can identify viruses, diagnose viral diseases, and develop new and innovative antiviral drugs and vaccines. MICR337 is the only 300 level course in a New Zealand university that is fully dedicated to in-depth learning about viruses and their interactions with their 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 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,092.15
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,314.50

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GENE 221 or MICR 221 or MICR 223
Schedule C

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 Miguel Quiñones-Mateu and Dr Mihnea Bostina

Paper Structure

Paper Structure:

  • Lectures - provide an integrated molecular 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


  • Group Presentations and essay on a given virology topic (10%) - presentation in last/first weeks of July/August and essay due date in third week of August
  • Two assignments based on laboratory experiments (20%) - due dates in first and second week of October
  • Final examination (70%) - as per the University calendar
Teaching Arrangements

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.

  • Principles of Virology, Flint et al (3rd, and 4th edition)
  • Introduction to Modern Virology, Dimmock et al (6th and 7th edition)
  • Web-based resources
Course outline

View course outline for MICR 337

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

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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Thursday 13:00-13:50 28-30, 32-34, 36-41
Friday 13:00-13:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 14:00-17:50 37-40
Wednesday 09:00-11:50 37-40
Wednesday 14:00-17:50 37-40


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Thursday 12:00-13:50 31