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Unit Overview


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.

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

Students are able to (1) describe structure and function of viruses; (2) describe viral genetics and taxonomy of viruses; (3) describe the mechanisms by which viruses cause disease; (4) explain the factors contributing to emergence and re-emergence of viral diseases; (5) describe how vaccines and antiviral drugs prevent and control viral diseases; and (6) explain an experimental protocol and describe how experimental data is derived and interpreted.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) online quiz; (2) written examination; and (3) mid-semester test. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Allison Imrie
Unit rules
(MICR2208 Introductory Microbiology,
and MICR2209 Introduction to Infectious Diseases and Immunology).
or Biomedical Science major Level 2 units
MICR3302 Infection and Immunity
Contact hours
lectures: 2–3 hours per week
labs/tutorials: 2–3 hours per week
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  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.