MOL3020 - Virology


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Written examination 100/100 4 hours D

Course content

The course will give an overview of medically important virus families, their replication strategies and mechanisms for development of viral infectious diseases. Topics will include taxonomy, replication strategies, pathogenicity and transmission of viruses and, additionally, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of viral diseases. Antiviral immunity and viral evasion will also be covered. Common human viral infections will be the main focus of the course, and emphasis will be put on virus-host interactions as a key to understanding the diversity of viruses and viral diseases.

Learning outcome

After completing the course MOL3020, the student should be able to:
• Describe and review the elements of the viral life cycle
• Explain the rationale behind the Baltimore classification system of viruses and present example viruses for each Baltimore group
• Explain viral replication strategies; and compare and contrast replication mechanisms used by viruses relevant for human disease
• Explain host antiviral immune mechanisms at a cellular and molecular level
• Describe viral strategies to evade host immune and cellular factors (by use of examples of viruses relevant for human disease)
• Discuss principles of virus pathogenesis
• Compare and contrast methods used for laboratory diagnosis of viral infections
• Explain vaccine strategies and mechanisms of antiviral drugs
• Coherently analyse and report outcomes of virological research in oral and written output

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and alternative methods of teaching.
Teaching and exam will be in English.

Further on evaluation

Written exam (not digital).
The language of instruction is English, and the exam must be answered in English.

If few candidates sign up for the postponed exam, oral examination may be considered and used.

Course materials

Will be presented at the start of the semester.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2021

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Cell Biology
  • Medicine
Contact information


Examination arrangement: Written examination

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Spring ORD Written examination 100/100 D 2021-06-03 09:00
Room Building Number of candidates

Examination arrangement: Home examination

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn UTS Home examination 100/100

Release 2020-12-03

Submission 2020-12-03

Release 09:00

Submission 13:00

Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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