Medical and Applied Virology (VIRO3002)


This unit of study explores diseases in human caused by viruses, with focus on the way viruses infect individual patients and spread in the community, and how virus infections are diagnosed, treated and/or prevented. Host/Virus interactions will also be described with a focus on the viral mechanisms that have evolved to combat and/or evade host defence systems. These features will be used to explain the symptoms, spread and control of particular human diseases ranging from the common cold to HIV. The unit will be taught by the Discipline of Infectious Diseases and Immunology within the Sydney Medical School with the involvement of associated clinical and research experts who will contribute lectures on their own special interests and with contributions from the Discipline of Microbiology. In the practical classes students will have the opportunity to develop their skills in performing methods currently used in diagnostic and research laboratories such as molecular analysis of viral genomes, immunofluorescent staining of viral antigens, cell culture and the culture of viruses.

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Further unit of study information


Two 1-hour lectures per week and one 4-hour practical per week.


One 2-hour exam covering lecture material, one 2-hour theory of practical exam, written assignment and oral presentation (100%).


Knipe and Howley. Fields Virology. 6th edition 2013. Available freely as an electronic resource from the University of Sydney library.

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules


[(6 credit points of MBLG1XXX or MBLG2XXX) and (6 credit points of MICR2XXX or BCHM2XXX or BIOL2XXX or IMMU2XXX or PCOL2XXX or PHSI2XXX or GENE2XXX)] OR [(BMED2401 and BMED2404) and 6 additional credit points of BMED240X] OR [(GENE2002) and (MICR2024)]

Assumed knowledge

Intermediate microbiology, immunology, molecular biology and genetics.



Additional Information

Students are very strongly advised to complete VIRO3001 or VIRO3901 before enrolling in VIRO3002 or VIRO3902.

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.