Course Title: Viruses and Infections

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Viruses and Infections

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


171H School of Science


Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr Michael Roche

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7068

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 223.02.021c (Bundoora campus)

Course Coordinator Availability: Please email for an appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Knowledge and understanding of microbiology and the disease process in humans, such as that achieved by completing a science degree with a major in microbiology.

Course Description

This course aims to provide students with an understanding of selected viral diseases of humans and animals and their laboratory diagnosis.

Topic areas include: History of virology, viral replication, molecular diagnosis of viral infections, viral vaccines, viral immunology, antiviral drugs, selected viral diseases of humans and animals, and biosecurity.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course addresses the following AQF learning descriptors:

1. Understanding Science

1.1 You will demonstrate an advanced understanding of biological sciences by articulating the methods of science, explaining why current biological knowledge is both contestable and testable through further inquiry, and explaining the role and relevance of biotechnology in society.

1.2 You will have an understanding of recent developments in a specialised area of biotechnology

2. Advanced skills to critically analyse and solve problems in biotechnology

2.1 You will demonstrate cognitive skills in mastery of advanced theoretical knowledge in biotechnology and apply this knowledge to solve complex problems in existing and new areas.

5. Personal and professional responsibility

You will be accountable for individual learning and scientific work by being an independent and self- directed learner; working effectively, responsibly, ethically, and safely in an individual or team context; and demonstrating knowledge of the regulatory frameworks and ethical principles relevant to biotechnology.

On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. understand the types of viruses that infect humans and animals;
  2. understand the clinical outcomes of a range of viral infections in humans and animals;
  3. understand the process of viral diagnosis in humans and animals;
  4. understand the means used to control viral infections in humans and animals.

Students will achieve an understanding of the types and clinical outcomes of a range of viral infections in humans and animals, their diagnosis and control. This will contribute to their ability to work in a viral diagnostic or research laboratory on diseases of humans and animals.

Overview of Learning Activities

Students will be guided through the subject by lectures and by a practical course to achieve competence in technical skills. The normal weekly lecture load will be 2-3 hours, but this will be varied according to the particular educational objectives for the topic. The practical course will be offered as an intensive program over one full week at a time when no other classes are timetabled.

Students have the role of active learners and have the responsibility to attend and actively participate in all planned student learning experiences, i.e. lectures and practical classes, read all relevant references pointed out during planned student learning experiences and undertake such other private study as will benefit their learning towards the objectives of the subject. Although no minimum attendance is required, students must be aware that sessions are available only at the times specified and cannot be repeated.

Student feedback on the course content and evaluation processes will be obtained anonymously and voluntarily at the end of the semester. This will be used by the course team to revise the course and for discussion by the team at the course review meeting at the end of each year.

Overview of Learning Resources

In addition to prescribed and recommended textbooks, references to specific learning materials will be given during lectures and practical classes or will be displayed on the course Blackboard site, accessed through myRMIT.

Overview of Assessment

Written examination, critical review of literature, post lecture on-line tests, practical assessment.