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MICR 452 / BMED 852 - Viral Infection and Immunity

 Fall 2023
 Year 4
 4-5 hours/week
 3 units
On-Campus Course

MICR 452 is an advanced virology course which, through lectures, tutorials and virology workshops provides students with an in depth understanding of contemporary problems in virus-host interactions. Lecture materials will focus on the molecular basis for virus pathogenesis including host immune responses to virus infection and viral countermeasures. Emphasis will be on viral infections that result in gastrointestinal, haematological, neurological, and respiratory diseases.

Minimum 4th year (Level 4) standing, registration in a LISC/BHSc Major or SSP, a GPA of 2.5, and one of (MICR 221/3.0; MICR 271/3.0), and one of (MICR 360/3.0; MICR 386/3.0).

To complete this course, students will demonstrate their ability to:

  1. Demonstrate understanding of advanced virology topics
  2. Participate in a collaborative group presentation to convey current topics in virology.
  3. Development of literature-based research skills in order to evaluate and critique how current research articles advance the field of virology.
  4. Development of writing skills in order to critique current scientific literature and use this to support a personal opinion.

MICR 452

In Class Midterm Examination: 25%

Group Presentation: 15%

Tutorial Participation: 10%

Virology Workshop: 15%

Take Home Final Examination: 35%

BMED 852

In Class Midterm Examination: 20%

Group Presentation: 15%

Tutorial Participation: 10%

Virology Workshop: 15%

Essay: 10%

Take Home Final Examination: 30%

Tutorials will focus on development of oral communication skills and student driven discussions of current and seminal literature. Virology workshops will provide opportunities for group learning and development of written communication skills.

Lecture 2 hours per week

Tutorial 2 hours per week

No Required text - Recommended text is: Flint, Enquist, Racaniello and Skalka, Principles of Virology, 3rd edition, Volume II

Queen’s Official Grade Conversion Scale

Grade  Numerical Course Average (Range)

A+            90-100

A              85-89

A-             80-84

B+            77-79

B              73-76

B-             70-72

C+            67-69

C              63-66

C-             60-62

D+            57-59

D              53-56

D-             50-52

F              49 and below