MSc Medical and Molecular Virology / Course details
Year of entry: 2022
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Course unit details:
Introductory Medical and Molecular Virology
|Unit level||FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 1|
|Offered by||School of Biological Sciences|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
The unit will focus on the general concepts in medical and molecular virology. These will include the varied structure and replication mechanisms of viruses and how the host immune system responds to infection. This understanding will be used to explore how viruses cause disease and how the immune response and molecular structure can be helpful in informing diagnosis, management and prevention of infection and disease.
The unit will comprise a mixture of lectures, seminars and practical laboratory classes.
Develop and/or consolidate the knowledge and understanding of the concepts and tools used in medical and molecular virology. This learning is essential to allow access to the advanced material delivered in the following 3 units of the programme.
Teaching and learning methods
Teaching and Learning processes will include lectures, structured practical laboratory classes, and seminars. Resource materials will be provided via Blackboard.
Knowledge and understanding
A systematic understanding of viral structure, classification and replication and how this differs between viral species.
Understand the normal human immune response to viral infection and how this influences disease pathogenesis.
Systematic understanding of how viruses are detected and viral infections are diagnosed to enable critical evaluation of the most appropriate diagnostic methods for particular situations.
Current and comprehensive understanding of the principles of control and prevention of virus infection including knowledge of the science underlying antiviral chemotherapy and vaccine development.
Critical awareness of management and treatment strategies for viral infections
Critically analyse, evaluate and interpret the results of controlled experiments and from different technological platforms and integrate theory and practice
Be able to articulate orally and in writing why particular diagnostic and management strategies are, or are not, appropriate.
Begin to consider ethical issues associated with viral infections and formulate independent views on these.
Show development of planning and organisational skills
Be able to carry out standard laboratory techniques in medical and molecular virology demonstrating competency and awareness of health and safety issues.
Use conventional and electronic resources to synthesise and analyse relevant scientific information
Present information clearly in the form of written reports
Transferable skills and personal qualities
Efficiently utilise resources in a laboratory environment where data is required within a given timeframe and using limited reagents
Start to work effectively in a team by carrying out tasks within a small group in a structured laboratory situation, and by problem solving within a group setting.
Be able to assimilate complex ideas and translate them in written form to present new information in a concise but understandable format.
|Written assignment (inc essay)||50%|
|Independent study hours|
|Pamela Vallely||Unit coordinator|