University of Technology Sydney

91819 Virology

6cp; 3-5hpw: 1hpw (lecture, online), 1hpw (tutorial), 1-2hpw (workshop) or 2hpw (bioinformatics class) or 3hpw (practical)
There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.
Recommended studies:

91314 General Microbiology; 91401 Immunology 1; 91132 Molecular Biology 1 (these subjects are recommended but not compulsory and students without these subjects may still enrol in this subject)


This subject in virology is designed to provide students with an introduction to viruses and their importance in nature. In this subject students gain a comprehensive understanding of how viruses exist, infect cells and replicate within host cells to produce new progeny viruses which are capable of infecting neighbouring uninfected cells. This knowledge is the basis from which to understand the selective actions of anti-viral drugs and the capacity of viruses to develop resistance to such agents. The subject also considers the factors that influence the emergence of viral quasi-species and new (or re-emerging) viruses in epidemics.

Students learn about how the host cells 'see' or 'sense' a virus infection and the main anti-viral immune defence strategies that the host uses to combat the infection. They discuss the ability of viruses to be transforming, i.e. cause cancer, and consider some of the potential uses of viruses in biotechnology, e.g. vaccination.

Students engage with current issues relevant to viruses and virus infection, be it in the context of medicine, biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences, animal husbandry, agriculture, or environmental sciences, and are asked to consider the importance of viruses to society and their impact on society.

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