MIC3022 - Molecular virology and viral pathogenesis - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Chief examiner(s)

Dr Gregory Moseley


Dr Gregory Moseley

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


At least two of BMS2052, BMS2062, MCB2011, MCB2022, MIC2011, MIC2022, MOL2011 and MOL2022


The unit will cover molecular aspects of virus replication and introduce students to the diversity of viruses and the mechanisms used by viruses to infect hosts and cause disease, with an emphasis on host-pathogen interactions. The focus will be on human and animal viruses and will include the most up-to-date research as well as areas of major worldwide concern, such as emerging viral infections. The molecular strategies used by different types of viruses for infection, replication and transmission will be presented. Theory will be underpinned by practical experiments that will provide experience in working with viruses, in addition to a variety of current virological techniques used in research and diagnostic laboratories.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Describe the fundamental principles underlying infection by all major groups of viruses, and apply this knowledge to understand infection and disease caused by specific pathogenic viruses;
  2. Explain how viruses interact with target host cell components and defence mechanisms and how this can lead to disease;
  3. Describe specific strategies used to limit and control viral infections;
  4. Demonstrate practical skills and knowledge of molecular virology laboratory techniques;
  5. Apply knowledge of molecular virology and viral pathogenesis to critically analyse interpret and discuss experimental data and scientific literature;
  6. Demonstrate a range of scientific communication skills, developed through oral presentations, participation in workshops and written laboratory reports.


NOTE: From 1 July 2019, the duration of all exams is changing to combine reading and writing time. The new exam duration for this unit is 3 hours and 10 minutes.

Mid-semester test (45 mins): 10%

Written theory examination (3 hours): 50% (Hurdle)

Practical class assessment: 40% (Hurdle)

This unit is subject to the Hurdle and Threshold Standards policiesHurdle and Threshold Standards policies (http://www.med.monash.edu.au/policies/assessment-policy-2017.html) of the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences.

Workload requirements

A total of 12 hours per week including 6 hours of directed learning (such as lectures, practicals and workshops) and 6 hours of private study.

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