Unit description

Expands student knowledge of immunology and molecular genetics while providing an in-depth study of viruses and parasites.  Students will develop investigative and analytical skills and be able to solve clinical cases related to viral and parasitic infections. Students will also explore the latest techniques for the isolation, purification and characterization of viruses as well as applications in genetic engineering and gene therapy.

Unit content

Topic 1: Introduction to parasitology

Topic 2: Diagnostic techniques for detection of parasites

Topic 3: Introduction to molecular virology

Topic 4: Viral diagnostic techniques

Topic 5: Viral structure and replication

Topic 6: Viral attachment, entry and exit

Topic 7: Genomes and replication

Topic 8: Viral transformation and oncogenesis

Topic 9: Exploiting viruses: gene therapy

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Teaching and assessment


Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the study session.

Fee information


Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2016 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

Fee paying courses
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