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Microbiology (MICRB)

MICRB 435 (B M B 435, VB SC 435) Viral Pathogensis (2) A study of the molecular, immunological and pathological aspects of viral diseases as well as laboratory methods of diagnosis.

MICRB (B M B/V SC) 435 Viral Pathogenesis (2)

In Viral Pathogenesis, a multifaceted approach that includes lectures, in-class discussion, and outside assignments is used to introduce students to molecular mechanisms of viral pathogenesis. Emphasis is placed on human viruses. In some instances, traditional animal virus model systems are also discussed to address important concepts in detail. The course is divided into three parts: (1) general concepts in virology (20%); (2) general concepts in viral pathogenesis (40%); and (3) specific examples of viral pathogenesis (40%). Students are typically evaluated on in-class participation, outside assignments, quizzes and exams. Exams emphasize students' knowledge of concepts more than specific, factual information and are comprised of a combination of multiple-choice, short-answer and/or essay questions. To fully understand concepts/mechanisms of viral pathogenesis, a working knowledge of viruses, molecular biology, cell biology and immunology is beneficial. Hence, MICRB 201 is a prerequisite for this course as is the combination of either BIOL 110/230 or B M B(MICRB) 251/252. While MICRB 415 is not a prerequisite for the course, some material covered in MICRB 415 is addressed, albeit rapidly, during the initial lectures.

General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Fall 2007
Prerequisite: MICRB 201;B M B 251 andB M B 252 orBIOL 110 andBIOL 230W

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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