UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

MICR3320 Viruses and Viral Disease

Credit 6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2QEII Medical CentreFace to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Microbiology and Immunology major sequence
Content This unit builds on the basic concepts of virology taught at Level 2. It focuses on human and animal viruses associated with disease. The lecture topics which are taught in the unit include features of virus structure; genetics and cultivation; viral taxonomy; the main viral diseases of humans; the replication cycle of the RNA and DNA viruses; genetically controlled interactions between viruses and the host; and the host immune response and the mechanisms by which certain viruses cause disease. The unit also discusses the emergence of new viral diseases, the role of insect vectors and the re-emergence of existing viral diseases together with the surveillance measures which are used to track the movement of viruses locally and globally. The control of viral diseases including the use of vaccines, antiviral drugs and other measures are also presented.
Outcomes Students gain theoretical knowledge in virus structure, function and taxonomy, as well as an understanding of their biological properties including antigenicity and infectivity. They are able to describe the host immune response to viral infection; describe major viral diseases of public health importance; and review public health approaches to prevention and control of viral diseases. Practical and analytical skills and knowledge are gained via laboratory classes and by preparation and delivery of written reports, and a short seminar. Weekly laboratory classes are designed to reinforce the material taught in lectures, as well as giving students the technical skills to handle viruses safely using equipment which is used in research and diagnostic laboratories.
Assessment Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s) Associate Professor Allison Imrie
Unit rules
Prerequisites: (MICR2208 Introductory Microbiology, and MICR2209 Introduction to Infectious Diseases and Immunology); or Biomedical Science major Level 2 units
Incompatibility: MICR3302 Infection and Immunity
Contact hours lectures: 2–3 hours per week; labs/tutorials: 2–3 hours per week
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.meddent.uwa.edu.au/Units/MICR3320/SEM-2/2017

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