Frontiers in Virology - BIOS6200

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 6 15 (7.5) Emma Hargreaves checkmark-circle


The module will develop understanding and analytical skills in virology, based around interactive seminars wherein students will analyse, present, and discuss the relevant research literature. The students will gain experience in scientific design, literature analysis, scientific communication, and the analysis of experimental data.


Contact hours

Contact hours: 24
Self-Study hours: 126
Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

• Critical Analysis Worksheets (x7) – Pass/Fail
• Technical Summary (750 words) – 65%
• Presentation (10 minutes) – 35%

Indicative reading

Core Text: Selected articles from scientific journals will be provided from Templeman Library electronic journal collections.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
Demonstrate an understanding of selected fields and the leading issues/hot topics in the field of virology and the limitations of our current knowledge about viruses and their biology.
Understand the concepts and functions behind standard cell biological, biochemical, and molecular biological assays used to study viruses.

The intended generic learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
Demonstrate an ability to understand, analyse and assess published scientific data.
Assess orally-presented scientific data and concepts, providing constructive feedback.
Design and conceptualise experiments to address specific scientific questions.
Communicate effectively to a variety of audiences and/or using a variety of methods
Demonstrate problem solving skills.


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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