Module code: MMIM015

Module provider

School of Biosciences and Medicine

Module Leader

LOCKER Nicolas (Biosc & Med)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code: C540

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Module Availability

Semester 1

Module content

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework COURSEWORK 30
Examination EXAMINATION 2 HOURS 70

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

Module aims

  • To consolidate and expand the knowledge of viral infections with particular reference to recent advances. By the end of the module students should be conversant with the aetiology, clinical features, molecular biology, laboratory diagnosis, pathogenesis, epidemiology and control and names viral diseases. Students will also receive practical training in selected aspects of laboratory diagnosis of virus infections and will be able to critically analyse experimental data.
  • Within the time available it is not possible to provide a comprehensive coverage of all these topics. Therefore internal lecturers are providing a general intro for different family of human viruses while the specialist external lecturers expand on specific key pathogens and concentrate on recent advances in the field.
  • Students must supplement the lectures with extensive reading to ensure they understand the features described above for each virus.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Develop a detailed understanding of the aetiology, molecular biology, clinical features, and laboratory diagnosis of important viral infectious diseases. KC
2 Critically discuss the principles underlying the pathogenesis, epidemiology and control of important viral diseases. CT
3 Critically analyse experimental data in the context of viral detection and diagnosis. CP
4 Discuss examples of antiviral agents and the mechanism of action against specific viruses. KCT
5 Explain and appraise the types of laboratory assays used to detect viral infections in clinical specimens and describe the fundamental principles behind them. KCPT
6 Analyse and interpret recent research data in relation to these diseases. KCT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

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Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2021/2 academic year.