Virology and Mycology

MELS 301     Virology and Mycology

COURSE INFORMATION
Course Title:                  Virology and Mycology.
Code:                            MELS 301.
Hours:                           Lec – 2 Hr.    Lab –2 Hrs.        Cln – 0 Hr.    Cr. Hr. – 3.
Prerequisite:                  BIOL 226.
Level/semester:             2nd level- Fall
Department offering the course: Medical Laboratory Technology/ Faculty of Health sciences

COURSE DESCRIPTION
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.

COURSE AIM
This course is an offshoot of microbiology and immunology, covering the basic principles of viral structure and classification, in addition to discussing viruses of medical significance. Furthermore, one section investigates the structure, classification and pathogenesis of various fungi.

TEACHING AND LEARNING METHODS
Illustrated lecture using personal computer, data show and white board.
Laboratory experiments
Research work.
Group discussion.
Video films.

LIST OF REFERENCES
Principles and Practice of Clinical Virology; 6th Edition (2009) – Arie Zuckerman. John Wiley & Sons Publishing (http://www.wiley.com).
New Insights in Medical Mycology; 1st Edition (2007) – Kevin Kavanagh. Springer-Verlag Publishing (http://www.springer.com).
Desk Encyclopedia of Human and Medical Virology; 1st Edition (2010) – Brian Mahy. Academic Press Publishing (www.elsevier.com).   
Medically Important Fungi: A Guide to Identification, 4th ed., 2002, Larone.
Pathogenic Fungi in Humans and Animals. Edited by Pexter H. Howard  Arcel dekker Inc., New York, 2003.
http://jvi.asm.org/
http://aids-clinical-care.jwatch.org/
http://infectious-diseases.jwatch.org/
www.who.emro.int
www.sciencedirect.com
www.medscape.com
www.pubmed.com