Syllabus for Virology and Advanced Immunology

Virologi och fördjupad immunologi


  • 10 credits
  • Course code: 3KB016
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Biomedicine G1F
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
  • Established: 2022-04-06
  • Established by: The Board of the Biomedicine Programme
  • Applies from: Autumn 2022
  • Entry requirements:

    Approved courses in Chemistry for Biomedicine 15 credits, Immunology 5 credits and Tissue and Developmental Biology 15 credits, or equivalent.

  • Responsible department: Department of Medical Biochemistry and Microbiology

Decisions and guidelines

Part of the Bachelor program in biomedicine.

Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes for Virology section of the course (8.5 hp)



After the course, the student should be able to account for the following course objectives:

1. Structure and properties of the virus particle and classification of viruses.

2. Virus replication in the virus-infected cell and effects of the virus on the cell.

3. Virus propagation in the virus-infected host, pathogenesis and viral epidemiology.

4. Immune response to viruses, viral vaccines and antiviral drugs.



After the course the student should be able to:

Compile experimental results and observations in the field of virology, interpret them and present them orally and in writing. 


After the course the student should be able to:

- reflect on whether the knowledge acquired by the student covers the course objectives.

- evaluate virological research results published in scientific, international journals

- evaluate virological information published in the mass media, including the internet and social media


Learning objectives for sub-course (1.5 hp) 


After the course, the student should explain the following course goals: 

1. The immune systems (dys)function in allergy and type 2 immunity. 

2. Primary and secondary immunodeficiencies, and rejection reactions. 

3. Mechanisms that the immune system uses to combat virus infections, and principles for

and design of vaccines.



After the course, the student should know how to:

Compile, present and critically discuss the immune-related aspects in diseases and immunodeficiencies on an advanced level.


After the course, the student should:

Relate basal immunological knowledge to disease development, immunodeficiency-related problems, and principles for vaccinations.


Virus taxonomy, important human pathogenic viruses, structure and composition of the viral particle, viral infections at the level of the cell, host and population, pathogenesis, molecular interactions between virus and host cell, viral impact on the host cell, immune responses to viruses, viral vaccines, antiviral therapy. 


Immunological understanding of allergies, transplantation issues, infectious diseases, vaccines and immunodeficiencies.


The course includes lectures, seminars, practical laboratory work and training in presentation skills. The course includes lectures, seminars and training in reading, understanding, presenting and critically reviewing scientific literature. Attendance is compulsory at seminars and the presentation of scientific literature.


A pass for all compulsory elements of the course and a passed written examination for both sub-courses are required for a pass for the course as a whole.

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the University's disability coordinator.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Autumn 2022

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Acheson, Nicholas H. Fundamentals of molecular virology

    2nd ed.: Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, c2011

    Find in the library

  • Kuby immunology Punt, Jenni; Owen, Judith A.; Stranford, Sharon A.; Jones, Patricia P.; Kuby, Janis.

    Eighth edition.: New York: W.H. Freeman/Macmillan Learning, 2019

    Find in the library

Last modified: 2022-04-26