Faculty of Science

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Science
OfferedClayton Second semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Hans Netter


The unit will cover molecular aspects of virus replication and introduce the students to the mechanisms used by viruses in causing disease in infected hosts. The focus will be on human and animal viruses. The molecular properties of RNA- and DNA-containing viruses will be presented. The lecture material will be supported by practical experiments which demonstrate both classical techniques in animal virology and the methods of recombinant DNA used to analyse virus replication.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Describe the interactions between viral and cell components that lead to disease in animal and human hosts;

  1. Explain the different expression strategies used by RNA- and DNA- containing viruses and the methodology used to study viral genomes;

  1. Evaluate the suitability of viruses as gene delivery vectors;

  1. Describe the threat to world health of emerging viral diseases;

  1. Demonstrate practical skills in the purification and assay of animal viruses and molecular virology techniques used to analyse viral genomes;

  1. Develop skills in the proper preparation and submission of laboratory reports.


Written theory examination (2 hours): 48%
Theory of practical examination (2 hours): 26%
Laboratory reports, practical and theoretical class assessment: 26%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

Three 1-hour lectures and one 3-hour laboratory class or tutorial presentation per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


At least two of BMS2052, BMS2062, MIC2011, MIC2022, MOL2011 and MOL2022