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2019/20 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

MICR2222 Medical Virology

10 creditsClass Size: 150

Module manager: Professor Mark Harris
Email: m.harris@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

The module will be suitable for all students in the Faculty who have a background in cell biology and/or human biology, but is mainly directed to Microbiology and Biological Sciences students. Ideally students will have participated in the accompanying module (MICR2121 Molecular Virology) in order to benefit most from the material presented.

Objectives

The purpose of this module is to provide detailed information about three medically important human viral pathogens - human immunodeficiency virus, influenza and papilloma virus. For each virus, epidemiology, replication, pathogenesis, immunobiology and treatment will be covered.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students will be able to:
- Understand the epidemiology of disease – how the viruses are spread.
- Appreciate the social impact of these virus infections and how infections are monitored and
diagnosed.
- Understand the molecular biology of the viruses
- Describe how viruses interact with the host to cause disease (pathogenesis)
- Understand the infection from the host perspective
- Appreciate current and future strategies for antiviral therapy and vaccine production.


Syllabus

- The epidemiology of disease – how the viruses are spread. This will include a consideration of the
social impact of these virus infections and will also address how the infections are monitored and
diagnosed.
- The molecular biology of the viruses – mechanisms of replication etc, this will expand on the basic
information provided in the accompanying module (MICR2121 Molecular Virology).
- A consideration of how these viruses interact with the host to cause disease (pathogenesis)
- A consideration of the infection from the host perspective – detailing the innate and adaptive immune
response.
- Treatment or prevention, including information about current and future strategies for antiviral
therapy and vaccine production.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Lecture181.0018.00
Private study hours82.00
Total Contact hours18.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

82 hours: Preparation for lectures, in-course assessments and exam.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Student attendance at lectures will be monitored in line with standard faculty practice.
- Completion of coursework MCQs and exam
- Engagement with VLE resources.

Methods of assessment


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course Assessment2 x MCQs (15% each)30.00
In-course AssessmentFormative assessment - engagement with VLE resources.0.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)30.00

Failure to submit this work or make a serious attempt will result in a V code being appended to the final module mark.


Exams
Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)1 hr 30 mins70.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)70.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 17/04/2019

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