Course code BIO334

BIO334 Virology

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Course responsible: Christine Genevieve Monceyron Jonassen
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: Faculty of Chemistry, Biotechnology and Food Science
Teaching language: EN
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Autumn parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Autumn parallel.
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2017-2018
Preferential right:
The course is compulsory for students who are admitted to the master´s programme in Biotechnology, specialization microbiology.
Course contents:
The course will provide a wide introduction to molecular aspects of viral replication, evolution and pathogenicity. The course will have emphasis on viruses that infect humans, and mechanisms by which viruses cause disease. Immunity, transmission, and diagnostic tools in virology will be covered. The course will also address viruses role in cellular transformation and carcinogenesis, and will give an overview over factors of importance for emerging viral diseases.  
Learning outcome:

The students will get an overview of the most important molecular mechanisms in viral replication strategies. The students will get an introduction to replication and dissemination strategies used by some of the most important viruses in medicine.

The students will learn the principles for virus/host interactions, included mechanisms of virus pathogenicity, host immune response, and viral evolution and adaptation for transmission.

Learning activities:
Lectures. Group exercise
Teaching support:

The teacher can be contacted by e-mail:, and by sms to 90734557.   



Recommended text book, lectures and selected scienntific articles. Further information will be given in Canvas. 

Textbook: Introduction to Modern Virology- NJ Dimmock, AJ Easton and KN Leppard, Ed. Wiley Blackwell, 7th Edition

Cell biology equivalent to BIO100,Biochemistry equivalent to KJB200, and Molecular biology equivalent to BIO210
Recommended prerequisites:
General microbiology equivalent to BIO230, Immunology equivalent to MVI292, Physiology equivalent to HFX201. 
Mandatory activity:

The first lecture is mandatory.

Group exercise must be approved to get admission to the exam. 


Final, written exam for 3 hours, counts 100 %. Grades A - F.

No support materials

Nominal workload:
Lectures and supervision: 20 hours. Preaparations and self study: 130 hours.
Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science
Type of course:

Autumn parallel: 1 double-lecture per week, will be announced on Canvas.


An external examiner evaluates a minimum of 25 selected examination papers.
Allowed examination aids: A1 No calculator, no other aids
Examination details: One written exam: A - E / Ikke bestått