Biology Online Module Handbook

BL4213 Molecular Virology

(BL4213 online module handbook version 48)

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Viruses as a group include many important human and veterinary pathogens such as influenza virus, hepatitis C virus, foot and mouth disease virus as well as emerging viruses like Ebola virus, and remain a continuing threat to human and animal welfare. This module will consist of a mixture of lectures, tutorials and personal-based learning on aspects of RNA virus host interactions. The topics covered will include comparison of the molecular mechanisms employed by enveloped and non-enveloped viruses to enter and exit from cells, discussion of how small RNA viruses maximise their coding capacity, comparison of the replication of positive and negative strand RNA viruses, discussion of how selected viruses reprogram the host cell to ensure their own replication, description of how RNA viruses intercede with innate immune responses, and understanding of how selected viruses interact with their vectors. In addition, discussion of virus-related topics that have made headline news in recent years will be addressed, and an understanding of the more commonly used molecular techniques to study viruses will be expected.*

Credits: 15*

Semester: 1

Module Organiser
Dr Catherine Adamson
csa21@st-andrews.ac.uk
01334 461868
Pre-requisite Modules:
Before taking this module you must pass BL3311*
Anti-requisite Modules:
*
Post-requisite Modules:
*
Additional Module Information:
Please check MMS regularly for additional module information


Biology Teaching Office:
The Biology Hive, New Technology Centre, University of St Andrews, North Haugh, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9SR

Email: bioteach@st-andrews.ac.uk      Tel: 01334  463602

BL4213: Timetable

Legend (not all modules have every event type):
lecture
tutorial
workshop
practical
other

Semester 1: Week 1

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Wednesday
19-09-2018
12:00 to 13:00
Biomolecular Sciences Building
Lecture Theatre
Dr Catherine Adamson

Lecture L1: Introduction to the module
2018-9_BL4213_L1
Friday
21-09-2018
11:00 to 12:00
Biomolecular Sciences Building
Lecture Theatre
Dr Catherine Adamson

Lecture L2: How to read and interpret a research paper
2018-9_BL4213_L2

Semester 1: Week 2

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Wednesday
26-09-2018
12:00 to 13:00
Biomolecular Sciences Building
Lecture Theatre
Prof David Evans

Lecture L3: Topic 1: Emerging viruses 1
2018-9_BL4213_L3
Friday
28-09-2018
11:00 to 12:00
Biomolecular Sciences Building
Lecture Theatre
Prof David Evans

Lecture L4: Topic 1: Emerging viruses 2
2018-9_BL4213_L4

Semester 1: Week 3

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Wednesday
03-10-2018
12:00 to 13:00
Biomolecular Sciences Building
Lecture Theatre
Prof David Evans

Workshop W1: Topic 1: Emerging viruses
2018-9_BL4213_W1

Semester 1: Week 4

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Wednesday
10-10-2018
12:00 to 13:00
Biomolecular Sciences Building
Lecture Theatre
Dr Jens Tilsner

Lecture L5: Topic 2: Virus replication and manipulation of host cells 1
2018-9_BL4213_L5
Friday
12-10-2018
11:00 to 12:00
Biomolecular Sciences Building
Dr Jens Tilsner

Lecture L6: Topic 2: Virus replication and manipulation of host cells 2
2018-9_BL4213_L6

Semester 1: Week 5

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Friday
19-10-2018
11:00 to 12:00
Biomolecular Sciences Building
Lecture Theatre
Dr Jens Tilsner

Workshop W2: Topic 2: Virus replication and manipulation of host cells
2018-9_BL4213_W2

Semester 1: Week 7

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Wednesday
31-10-2018
12:00 to 13:00
Biomolecular Sciences Building
Lecture Theatre
Prof David Evans

Lecture L7: In house exam introduction: Interpreting a research paper
2018-9_BL4213_L7
Wednesday
31-10-2018
17:00 to 19:30
Other
Whey Pat Pub Back Room
Dr Catherine Adamson

Other O1: Debate
2018-9_BL4213_O1
Friday
02-11-2018
14:00 to 17:00
Purdie Building
Lecture Theatre D
Prof David Evans

Other O2: Interpretation of research papers
2018-9_BL4213_O2
In house exam as part of continuos assessment

Semester 1: Week 8

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Wednesday
07-11-2018
12:00 to 13:00
Biomedical Sciences Building
Lecture Theatre
Dr Michael M Nevels

Lecture L8: Topic 3: Viruses and cancer 1
2018-9_BL4213_L8
Friday
09-11-2018
11:00 to 12:00
Biomedical Sciences Building
Lecuture Theatre
Dr Michael M Nevels

Lecture L9: Topic 3: Viruses and cancer 2
2018-9_BL4213_L9

Semester 1: Week 9

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Friday
16-11-2018
11:00 to 12:00
Biomedical Sciences Building
Lecture Theatre
Dr Michael M Nevels

Workshop W3: Topic 3: Viruses and cancer
2018-9_BL4213_W3

Semester 1: Week 10

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Wednesday
21-11-2018
12:00 to 13:00
Biomedical Sciences Building
Lecture Theater
Dr Catherine Adamson

Lecture L10: Topic 4: Viruses and innate immunity 1
2018-9_BL4213_L10
Friday
23-11-2018
11:00 to 12:00
Biomedical Sciences Building
Dr Catherine Adamson

Lecture L11: Topic 4: Viruses and innate immunity 2
2018-9_BL4213_L11

Semester 1: Week 11

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Wednesday
28-11-2018
12:00 to 13:00
Biomedical Sciences Building
Lecture Theater
Dr Catherine Adamson

Workshop W4: Topic 4: Viruses and innate immunity
2018-9_BL4213_W4
Data Sources: information in this online module handbook is gathered from several sources.
Small footnote marks beside content, or by section titles indicate the source.
* University of St Andrews Module Catalogue
School of Biology Symbiosis Database (module organisers only)
University of St Andrews MMS (St Andrews users only)

BL4213: Assessment

3-hour Written Examination = 60%, Coursework = 40%*

Assessment:
viruses in the news
Due by:
29/10/2018 23:59
Feedback due by:
19/11/2018 23:59
Type:
Single Upload
Weight:
25%
Assessment:
Interpretation of research paper
Due by:
02/11/2018 23:59
Feedback due by:
23/11/2018 23:59
Type:
Paper Hand-in
Weight:
75%

(MMS assessment data cached: 11 December 2018 23:20:21.)


The following related information applies to all Biology modules:

School of Biology Marking Criteria: See School of Biology Undergraduate Handbook
Late submission of continuous assessment work:

All late submissions of coursework that do not require electronic submission should be made via the late submissions box in the Biomolecular Science Building (beside the Teaching Office)
Exam details: See School of Biology Undergraduate Handbook
Exam timetable: see http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/students/academic/examinations/examtimetablescurrent/
Expected attendance: See School of Biology Undergraduate Handbook for detailed attendance requirements.
Good Academic Practice & Avoiding Academic Misconduct: See School of Biology Undergraduate Handbook
University Student Handbook: University Student Handbook
School and University regulations in the School and University Undergraduate Handbook relating to absence reporting, penalties and rules for late submission of work, extensions for coursework, return of coursework, S-coding, good academic practice and Academic Alerts.: School of Biology Undergraduate Handbook University Student Handbook
Data Sources: information in this online module handbook is gathered from several sources.
Small footnote marks beside content, or by section titles indicate the source.
* University of St Andrews Module Catalogue
School of Biology Symbiosis Database (module organisers only)
University of St Andrews MMS (St Andrews users only)

Who to ask

(Information in this section applies to all Biology Modules)

Questions about different aspects of the module should be directed to different people:

Questions about Contact
General teaching matters Biology Teaching Office ( bioteach@st-andrews.ac.uk )
Rescheduled or cancelled events Check your University email
Lecture or practical content The lecturer who presented the material
Completing assessed practical assignments The lecturer who set the assignment
Completing assessments Module Organiser (Dr Catherine Adamson csa21@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Marking on continuous assessment The Demonstrator or Module Organiser (Dr Catherine Adamson csa21@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Marking on exams Module Organiser (Dr Catherine Adamson csa21@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Rearranging practical days Grant Brown
Absence and/or extensions Module Organiser (Dr Catherine Adamson csa21@st-andrews.ac.uk) and the Biology Teaching Office ( bioteach@st-andrews.ac.uk )

Difficulties with academic progress which impact more than one module:

Year Coordinator

See School of Biology Undergraduate student handbook for list: http://biology.st-andrews.ac.uk/documents/UndergraduateHandbook.pdf

Overall performance, progress or future directions:

Advisor of Studies

Disability:

Disability Coordinator (Dr Jacqueline Nairn jn37@st-andrews.ac.uk)

Biology Teaching Office:

The Biology Hive, New Technology Centre, University of St Andrews, North Haugh, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9SR

Email: bioteach@st-andrews.ac.uk

Tel: 01334 463602

BL4213: Contributing Staff

Dr Catherine Adamson

Dr Catherine Adamson
(Module Organiser)

Lecturer in Molecular Medicinecsa21@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Catherine AdamsonDr Catherine Adamson
(Module Organiser)
Lecturer in Molecular Medicinecsa21@st-andrews.ac.uk
Prof David EvansProf David EvansProfessordje2@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Michael M NevelsDr Michael M NevelsReader in Virologymmn3@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Jens TilsnerDr Jens TilsnerLecturerjt58@st-andrews.ac.uk
Data Sources: information in this online module handbook is gathered from several sources.
Small footnote marks beside content, or by section titles indicate the source.
* University of St Andrews Module Catalogue
School of Biology Symbiosis Database (module organisers only)
University of St Andrews MMS (St Andrews users only)

BL4213: Learning Outcomes


Students completing module BL4213 successfully should be able to:

  • Understand the factors that lead to the emergence and re-emergence of viruses and why such viruses remain a continual threat to human health and well-being.
  • Appreciate that viruses reprogramme cells in order to promote virus replication and that different viruses reprogramme cells in different ways that affects disease outcomes.
  • Recognize the importance of viruses as underlying causes of specific cancers and understand, at the molecular level, how viruses can cause cancer.
  • Realize that viruses counteract innate cellular defence mechanisms in different ways and that the way they do so affects disease outcomes.
  • Students will gain skills in reading and interpreting recent research papers in molecular virology
  • Students will gain an understanding of molecular techniques commonly used to study viruses.
  • Students will be able to discuss virus-related topics that have recently made headline news.
Data Sources: information in this online module handbook is gathered from several sources.
Small footnote marks beside content, or by section titles indicate the source.
* University of St Andrews Module Catalogue
School of Biology Symbiosis Database (module organisers only)
University of St Andrews MMS (St Andrews users only)

BL4213: Acquired Skills

Practical Skills

    Transferable Skills

    • Group discussion - participating
    • Journal club
    • Short informal presentation (using PowerPoint or not)
    • Completing a research paper from which sections have been removed
    • Opinion piece
    • Critically evaluating sources/information
    • Generating questions
    • Working in pairs/small groups
    Data Sources: information in this online module handbook is gathered from several sources.
    Small footnote marks beside content, or by section titles indicate the source.
    * University of St Andrews Module Catalogue
    School of Biology Symbiosis Database (module organisers only)
    University of St Andrews MMS (St Andrews users only)

    Policies

    (Information in this section applies to all Biology Modules)