This introductory virology course emphasizes the common reactions that must be completed by all viruses for successful reproduction within a host cell and survival and spread within a host population. The molecular basis of alternative reproductive cycles are presented with examples drawn from a set of representative animal and human viruses, although selected bacterial viruses will be discussed.
This offering has been a top-ten iTunes U Course in sciences pretty much since its release in 2012, with over 80,000 subscriptions. The course will be ported to the Coursera platform in two parts and will allow interested online students to take the course as a cohort for the first time.
Welcome to virology
What is a virus?
Viruses then and now
The infectious cycle
Assay of viral infectivity
Measurement of virions and their components
One-step growth cycle
Two semesters of a rigorous, molecularly-oriented introductory biology course.
The recommended textbook is Principles of Virology. Vol I: Molecular Biology, Vol. II: Pathogenesis and Control (S.J. Flint et al., Third Edition, ASM Press 2009). You don't need to buy this book to do well in this course, as the lectures are self-contained, but if you are very interested in virology, it's a great resource. The book is available through amazon or chegg.com
This class consists of lecture videos which are between 10-15 minutes in length. There will also be standalone quizzes and a final exam.
Yes. Students who successfully complete the class will receive a Statement of Accomplishment.
For this course, you need an Internet connection and the time to read, write, discuss, and enjoy the various resources on virology.