MOL3020 - Virology


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 4 hours E

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 d
  • escribe 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. Teaching throughout the semester *longitudinal.

Further on evaluation

Written exam. 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.

Students with legitimate leave of absence at the final examination and students who receive the grade F may re-sit the examination in the following semester.

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 2024

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Cell Biology
  • Medicine
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Clinical and Molecular Medicine


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn UTS School exam 100/100 E 2023-12-02 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL410 blå sone Sluppenvegen 14 1
Spring ORD School exam 100/100 E 2024-06-04 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL311 grønn sone Sluppenvegen 14 31
  • * 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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