Fall 2020 - HSCI 338 D100

Animal Virology (3)

Class Number: 6297

Delivery Method: Remote


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 19, 2020
    7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

  • Prerequisites:

    MBB 222, or permission of the instructor. Corequisite: BISC 303.



Animal virology in the context of viral diseases in humans and animals. Animal viruses, their replication, virus-host interactions and viral diseases.


This course is an introductory course for virology focused on animal viruses (no discussion on plant viruses and bacteriophages). It covers basic concepts and topics in the context of viral diseases in human and animals. Specifically, virus structure, replication, virus-host interactions and a few specific viral diseases will be discussed. Prior knowledge in microbiology, molecular biology, biochemistry and immunology will help. This course is a vital prerequisite for Virology Laboratory (HSCI 441) that will be offered in 2021 spring.
This course will be taught this year by a mixture of synchronous (mandatory) and asynchronous remote course by using materials uploaded to CANVAS and available through SFU library, and online discussion through Zoom. The format is based on a flipped classroom model. Therefore, self-learning prior to the class time is essential. Students will be requested to submit their learning progress every week prior to the class by answering several questions, which will be counted toward the class participation.


1. Define and discuss technical terms and concepts used in the field of animal virology and viral infectious diseases.
2. Comprehend different viruses in their replication in the host, transmission, infection cycle and host interaction. 
3. Explain advantages and disadvantages of several experimental approaches used in modern and classical virology.
4. Discuss some current issues related to virology and vial diseases in scientific ways from virological angle.


  • Class participation 50%
  • Midterm 20%
  • Final Exam 30%


There will be one 1 hour class session online each week that will discuss the contents students are expected to have studied in advance.


MBB 222, BISC 303 (co-requisite) or permission of the instructor.



Nigel J. Dimmock, Andrew J. Easton, and Keith N. Leppard. Introduction to Modern Virology. 7th Edition. 2016. John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated. Available on line from SFU library.
ISBN: 9781119094524 EBOOK


David M. Knipe and Peter Howley. Fields Virology. 6th Edition. 2013. Wolters Kluwer. Available on line from SFU library.
This book is a canonical reference book for animal (mostly human) viruses that cause diseases. If you have any question in any specific virus beyond textbook levels this is the reference book to look at. 
ISBN: 9781469874227 EBOOK

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in fall 2020 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).