MSc Medical and Molecular Virology / Course details

Year of entry: 2021

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Course unit details:
Viruses and Disease 1

Unit code BIOL65211
Credit rating 15
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

Overview

Virology and clinical features

Diagnosis including molecular diagnosis

Epidemiology and global Impact

Treatment, management and prevention of diseases

In the following disease settings:

 

Congenital and antenatal viral infections

Childhood infections

Respiratory viral infections.

 

The unit will also cover current areas of research interest in each of these viral syndromes.

 

Aims

Develop the conceptual knowledge and understanding gained in the previous unit and apply it to specific viral diseases and syndromes. In particular the unit will cover disease in a congenital and antenatal setting, viral infections of childhood and respiratory viral infections and disease.

 

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

Be able to identify and show depth of knowledge of the viruses that cause disease in pregnancy and infancy, childhood and via respiratory infection.

 

Have a critical understanding of the particular problems and ongoing challenges that viral infections cause in these settings.

 

Understand how the above viral infections are diagnosed including the importance and limitations of molecular methods.

 

Demonstrate a knowledge of current viral treatment and prevention strategies, how they are applied with respect to these infections and how effective they are.

 

Understand how the above viral infections are transmitted and how they impact on and affect global health.

 

Identify a current area of research in at least one of these areas of viral infection.

Intellectual skills

Synthesise and critically evaluate relevant scientific literature.

 

Present scientific and clinical data in an appropriate format.

 

Formulate a critical argument

 

Apply knowledge about viruses to solve clinical case studies.

 

Practical skills

Present information clearly in written form

 

Competently and safely carry out supervised laboratory tasks.

 

Begin to handle bioinformatic data sets

 

Clearly record laboratory methods and data

 

Transferable skills and personal qualities

Critically evaluate information from a variety of sources.

 

Interpret data and understand its significance to a particular viral infection

 

Demonstrate good time management and organisational skills in the laboratory setting.

 

Make a valuable contribution within a team

 

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written exam 50%
Written assignment (inc essay) 50%

Study hours

Independent study hours
Independent study 150

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Pamela Vallely Unit coordinator

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