2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
MICR2121 Molecular Virology
10 creditsClass Size: 100
Module manager: Professor Mark Harris
Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable
Year running 2022/23
This module is not approved as a discovery module
Module summaryThe objective of this module is to introduce students to the concepts of modern virology. Specifically the module will describe the techniques used for the study of viruses, the structure of viruses and the processes of virus replication. It will also consider how we can exploit virus biology for gene expression and gene therapy. It will finish by addressing the question of virus evolution.
ObjectivesThe purpose of this module is to provide a detailed understanding of critical stages of the virus life cycle, using examples from each of the major virus classes. All stages of the virus life cycle will be covered: virus entry, virus genome replication, gene expression, virus assembly and release.
On completion of the module students will be able to:
- Describe how we can study viruses in the laboratory;
- Describe the structure of viruses;
- Describe the basic processes of virus replication;
- Explain how virus biology can be exploited for gene expression, both in the laboratory and the clinic;
- Appreciate current thinking about how viruses evolved.
- Virus assays
- Virus structure
- Virus genomes and proteins
- Virus entry
- General principles of virus replication
- Positive strand RNA virus
- Retrovirus replication
- Negative strand RNA virus replication
- DNA virus replication - Herpes viruses
- Virus assembly and release
- Exploitation of viruses
- Uses of reverse genetics
- Virus evolution.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||82.00|
|Total Contact hours||18.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||100.00|
Private study82 hours: Preparation for lectures, in-course assessments and exam, on-line materials.
Opportunities for Formative Feedback- Lectures delivered live via collaborate ultra, with time allocated for Q&A with students and additional pre-learning and consolidation work built in to enhance student engagement.
- Completion of coursework MCQs and exam.
- Engagement with Minerva resources.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|In-course Assessment||2 x MCQs (15% each) in Minerva||30.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||30.00|
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated.
|Exam type||Exam duration||% of formal assessment|
|Online Time-Limited assessment||2 hr 00 mins||42.00|
|Unseen exam||1 hr 00 mins||28.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Exams)||70.00|
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 14/11/2022
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