BIOSCI 764 : Human Virology
2023 Semester One (1233) (15 POINTS)
The course examines the molecular biology of human viruses, their transmission and the interaction between viruses and their hosts that underpins immunity and disease. The course will illustrate core concepts in all these areas with reference to different viruses but will seek to apply these concepts to SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic; giving students insight into how scientific characterisation of a novel virus capable of pandemic spread can be developed rapidly.
The course is designed for students that wish to apply their knowledge of biological and biomedical science in a subject area of current global significance. A knowledge of basic microbiology and immunology from undergraduate courses is assumed but not essential. Recommended preparative courses include BIOSCI 349, MEDSCI 301 and MEDSCI 314 Immunology.
Capabilities Developed in this Course
|Capability 1:||Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice|
|Capability 2:||Critical Thinking|
|Capability 4:||Communication and Engagement|
|Capability 5:||Independence and Integrity|
|Capability 6:||Social and Environmental Responsibilities|
- Develop and demonstrate an understanding of the topics covered in this course through in-class discussion, assessments and presentation. (Capability 1, 2, 4 and 5)
- Perceive, reflect upon and discuss the impacts of viral pandemics on indigenous communities living in the Pacific region and understand cultural and biological factors that influence outcomes in these populations. (Capability 1, 2 and 6)
- Critically evaluate the relationship between virus biology and host disease in different populations by interpreting research into the molecular pathology and immunopathology of viral infections (Capability 1, 2, 5 and 6)
- Demonstrate an understanding of of potential reservoirs of zoonotic transmission that have (and could in future) cause viral pandemics in the human population (Capability 1 and 2)
- Identify and critically evaluate scientific writing and opinion associated with the COVID-19 pandemic and how these there were communicated through different media (Capability 2, 4 and 6)
|Presentation||20%||Group & Individual Coursework|
|Final Exam||50%||Individual Coursework|
|Assessment Type||Learning Outcome Addressed|
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This course is a standard 15 point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in.
For this course, you can expect
8-12 hours pre-lecture online content delivery
24 hours in-class activity
24 hours assessment
24 hours student group learning
36 hours self-directed learning
Attendance is required at all scheduled activities to receive credit for assessment components of the course.
Lectures will not be available as recordings.
The course will include live group discussions.
The activities for the course are scheduled as a standard weekly timetable
Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).
Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.
The reading required for this course will be identified via Canvas prior to the commencement of the Semester
During the course Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the staff responsible for the course and staff-student consultative committees.
At the end of the course students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback.
Your feedback helps to improve the course and its delivery for all students.
The volume amount of internal assessment has been reduced to align more closely with normative levels within BIOSCI courses at 700 level.
The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.
Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.
The content and delivery of content in this course are protected by copyright. Material belonging to others may have been used in this course and copied by and solely for the educational purposes of the University under license.
You may copy the course content for the purposes of private study or research, but you may not upload onto any third party site, make a further copy or sell, alter or further reproduce or distribute any part of the course content to another person.
All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.
Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website http://disability.auckland.ac.nz
If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.
If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/academic-information/exams-and-final-results/during-exams/aegrotat-and-compassionate-consideration.html.
This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.
In the event of an unexpected disruption, we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.
The delivery mode may change depending on COVID restrictions. Any changes will be communicated through Canvas.
Student Charter and Responsibilities
The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/forms-policies-and-guidelines/student-policies-and-guidelines/student-charter.html.
Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.
In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.