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
(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 some students 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 prevention and treatment strategies against viral infections.

The course content will be relevant for further work on several on the UN Sustainable Development Goals, including goal 3 (Good health), 

Learning outcome:


The student should have knowledge of

  • life cycle for different classes of viruses at a molecular level
  • methods for studying viruses and for diagnosing virus infections
  • methods for prevention and treatment of virus infections
  • host's natural defence against virus infections
  • viruses' mechanisms of pathogenesis
  • viral epidemiology and modes of transmission


The student should

  • be able to explain the principles for virus/host interactions, included mechanisms of virus pathogenicity, host immune response, and viral evolution and adaptation for transmission.
  • be able to understand scientific texts about viruses at a molecular level
  • have a basis for participation in research within virology

General competence

The student should understand

  • molecular adaptation and mechanisms that drive viral evolution
  • the interaction between virus and host
  • principles for prevention and treatment of viral infections
Learning activities:
Lectures. Group exercise.
Teaching support:

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



Recommended text book and lectures. Further information will be given in Canvas. 

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

The course is given in English, but the lectures may be given in Norwegian if no student present prefers English.

Cell biology equivalent to BIO100Biochemistry equivalent to KJB200Molecular 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, and participation in at least 80 % of the lectures is required.

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


Final, written exam for 3,5 hours, counts 100 %. Grades A - F.

No support materials.

The exam papers will be in English only. The examination answer can be written in Norwegian or English.

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.

Exam papers in English only. Written answers in English or Norwegian.

The course is given in English, but the lectures may be given in Norwegian if no student present prefers English.

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 / F