BMS524 Advanced Virology (8)

This advanced virology subject will allow students to further investigate the biology and pathogenesis of medically important viruses at the cellular and molecular level. The subject will also study how viruses can be used in the biotechnology industry and gene based therapeutic approaches to treat disease. The subject will also focus on the technology used in the modern diagnostic virology laboratory and recent advances in pathogen detection and disease epidemiology. The subject will also study viruses from a public health perspective including preventing transmission and control of disease oubreaks, including vaccination and pharmacological intervention strategies.


Session 1 (30)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: BMS524. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Biomedical Sciences

Assumed Knowledge

Undergraduate microbiology

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Be able to comprehensiviely explain in detail how virus structure and replication relates to the pathogenesis of medically important viruses
  • Be able to explain the design of and use of appropriate molecular techniques for the diagnosis for viral disease
  • Be able to integrate data from phylogenetic analysis of viral evolution and its application to epidemiology of disease oubreaks
  • Be able to explain the rationale of current anti-viral treatment strategies with particular reference to immunodeficiency viruses
  • Be able to critically evaluate how principles of virology and virus replication can be applied to development of new drugs, vaccines and diagnostic techniques
  • Be able to describe the pathology of virus infections with particular reference to immunodeficiency diseases, latent and reactivation diseases, malignancies and development of new drugs and vaccines for their treatment
  • Be able to critically interpret the safety issues associated with the use of viruses for gene therapy
  • Be able to critically evaluate recent published data relating to research in virology


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Viral classification, nomenclature, taxonomy
  • Viral strategies for attachment and entry
  • Viral strategies for replication, using as examples: herpes, pox, picorna-, orthomyxo-, reo- and retroviruses
  • Viral strategies for pathogenesis and immune evasion
  • Viral latency: epidemic and endemic persistence in populations
  • Viral evolution, as seen in influenza, HIV
  • Immune responses to viral infection. vaccination and antivirals
  • Detection of viruses
  • Prion Diseases
  • Virology and Public Health
  • Medically important viruses, including viruses and cancer, HIV/AIDS
  • Sexually transmitted viruses
  • Viruses as gene delivery vectors

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of BMS524 in Session 1 2019. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Topic review questions -online tests
Virology report
Literture review
End of session exam

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: July 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.