Module Identifier BS24010  
Module Title VIROLOGY  
Academic Year 2004/2005  
Co-ordinator Dr Alexandre M Anesio  
Semester Semester 2  
Other staff Dr Alexandre M Anesio  
Course delivery Lecture   15 Hours 15 x 1 hour lectures  
  Seminars / Tutorials   5 Hours 5 x 1 hour seminars  
  Practical   15 Hours 5 x 3 hours, including 3 x 3 hour workshops  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours  70%


This module has been developed to fill a long recognized gap in the provision of microbiology modules in Biological Sciences. Availability of this module will strengthen the Microbiology degree and it is also required for the proposed schemes Genetics & Human Health and Sports Science & Biology. It is also highly relevant for students from other current IBS degree schemes including Zoology and Zoology & Microbiology. Various aspects of virology are currently taught within other modules. They will be consolidated within this module giving virology a visible presence in several of our degree schemes.

Brief description

Via a series of lectures, practicals and workshops the module will develop a knowledge and understanding of the nature, pathogencity and epidemiology of animal and plant viruses, and of the nature and activity of bacterial viruses. The laboratory diagnosis and subsequent control of viral diseases will be considered as will the use of antiviral agents for their control.



To include coverage of general properties of viruses, nature of the virion, the virus host, quantification of viruses, general features of virus multiplication. Bacterial virus types e.g. RNA bacteriophages, DNA bacteriophages, transposable bacteriophages. Animal virus types e.g. papovaviruses, adenoviruses, human herpesviruses. Plant virus types, e.g. tobamoviruses, potyviruses, geminiviruses tospoviruses. Role of viruses in disease, mechanisms of viral pathogenesis, laboratory diagnosis of viral disease, epidemiology and control. Antiviral agents. Prions.


To include student presentation of seminars of specific areas of virology. This will allow the participants a degree of specialization according to their degree scheme.

Practical classes

To include two practicals with bacteriophages


To include the presentation of group posters prepared on specific viral diseases and topical issues in virology.

Reading Lists

Agrios G.N. (1997) Plant Pathology 4th edition. Academic Press
Dimmock NJ, Easton AJ, Leppard, KN (2001) Introduction to Modern Virology 5th edition. Blackwell Publishing
Madigan, MT, Martinko, JM, Parker, J (2003) Brock Biology of Microorganisms 10th edition. Prentice Hall
Murray, PR, Rosenthal, KS, Kobyashi, GS, Pfaller, MA (1998) Medical Microbiology 3rd edition. Mosby-Year book Inc.


This module is at CQFW Level 5