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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: MMIM015 Module Title: VIRAL INFECTIONS
Module Provider: Biosciences Short Name: MMIM015
Level: M Module Co-ordinator: ROBERTS LO Dr (Biosciences)
Number of credits: 15 Number of ECTS credits: 7.5
Module Availability

Semester 1

Assessment Pattern

Examination  70%
Coursework  30 %

Module Overview
This module is one of the two infectious diseases modules which form the core of medical microbiology and students are expected to have a thorough basic knowledge of the subject before the module starts.
Module Aims

To consolidate and expand the knowledge of viral infections with particular reference to recent advances.  By the end of the module students should be conversant with the aetiology, clinical features, molecular biology, laboratory diagnosis, pathogenesis, epidemiology and control and names viral diseases.  Students will also receive practical training in selected aspects of laboratory diagnosis of virus infections.







Within the time available it is not possible to provide a comprehensive coverage of all these topics.  The specialist external lecturers are advised to provide a general introduction to the topics and then concentrate on recent advances in the field.







Students must supplement the lectures with extensive reading to ensure they understand the features described above for each virus.




Learning Outcomes
  • Describe in detail the aetiology, molecular biology, clinical features, and laboratory diagnosis of important viral infectious diseases.
  • Critically discuss the principles underlying the pathogenesis, epidemiology and control of important viral diseases.
  • discuss examples of antiviral agents and the mechanism of action against specific viruses
  • explain and appraise the types of laboratory assays used to detect virus infections in clinical specimens and describe the fundamental principles behind them
  • analyse and interpret recent research data in relation to these diseases.
Module Content

What are viruses?


Classification, detection and isolation of viruses


Virus isolation and culture


Replication of positive strand RNA viruses-introduction


Replication of negative strand RNA viruses-introduction


Replication of DNA viruses-introduction


Rubella, measles




Respiratory syncytial virus and paramyxovirus


Papilloma viruses








Hepatitis viruses A & E


Hepatitis viruses B&C


Viral gastroenteritis


Rabies virus


Antiviral agents

Methods of Teaching/Learning
Lectures, Practical Class
Selected Texts/Journals

Human virology by Collier and Oxford (ISBN 0-19-856660-3)


Principles of molecular virology by A J Cann (ISBN 0-12-088787-8)

Introduction to modern virology by Dimmock, Easton and Leppard (ISBN 978-1-4051-3645-7)

Last Updated
August 2010