A course primarily designed to study diagnostic virology, an offshoot of medical microbiology, covering the basic principles of viral structure and classification. It will also discuss viruses of medical significance, emphasizing on their control and possible prevention, in addition to laboratory techniques used for diagnosis. In addition, the course investigates the general characteristics and classification of various classes of fungi. Their mode of infection, disease spectrum, laboratory diagnosis and treatment of medically significant fungi will be covered. Pre-req: BIOL 226.