Spring 2024 - HSCI 441 D100
Virology Laboratory (4)
Class Number: 4435
Delivery Method: In Person
Course Times + Location:
Jan 8 – Apr 12, 2024: Tue, 1:30–5:20 p.m.
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Prerequisites:HSCI 338 and one of: BISC 303, BISC 357, MBB 308, or MBB 309, all with a minimum grade of C-.
Study, in a laboratory environment, of animal viruses as infectious agents that threaten human health as well as their use as biomedical tools. Includes cell culture methods, virus amplification, titration, purification, and identification, etc.
Course Description: This laboratory course will focus on two animal viruses: AcNPV, an insect virus commonly used in biomedical fields to produce recombinant proteins, and influenza A virus. Students will learn basic skills specific to animal virology research using real live animal viruses. We are using level 2 pathogens. Therefore, students taking this course are expected to have some experience in handling standard laboratory equipment such as pipettors, though previous formal safety training is not expected. Basic virological knowledge is essential. By the nature of animal virology knowledge in molecular/cellular biology, biochemistry and basic immunology will greatly help.
Format and Organization: There will be one 4-hour class each week that includes a short description of the exercise of the day followed by the student’s performance. As this course is intended to provide students with hands-on experience, class attendance is essential. Due to the nature of biological experiments, there will occasionally be extra lab work beyond the regular hours for thorough experiences. Students are encouraged to participate in these. All the students are requested to write 7 lab reports individually to complete the course.
COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:
By completing this course, the students are expected to be knowledgeable in the basic experimental techniques used in animal virology through laboratory exercises.
- Class participation 30%
- Assignment (lab reports on the experiments) 70%
The instructor may make changes to the syllabus if necessary within Faculty/University regulations.
MATERIALS + SUPPLIES:
Please bring a lab coat that can be left in the teaching lab. A notebook to record the experiments is also essential. A laptop or some other device that can use Excel is used occasionally.
None. A lab manual will be supplied.
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