Università degli Studi di Urbino Carlo Bo / Portale Web di Ateneo


A.Y. Credits
2017/2018 6
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Anna Pianetti
Teaching in foreign languages
Course with optional materials in a foreign language English
This course is entirely taught in Italian. Study materials can be provided in the foreign language and the final exam can be taken in the foreign language.

Assigned to the Degree Course

Biological Sciences (L-13)
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Learning Objectives

Educational goals
The virus agents are characterized by an extreme structural simplicity, but complex from the biological functional point of view. The course aims to provide in-depth knowledge on the biological aspects, epidemiology and pathogenesis of animal viruses.


Introduction, structure and classification of animal viruses. Replication of the virus and effect on the host cell. Overview of genetics of viruses. Cultivation. Viral pathogenesis. Principles of diagnosis. Bacteriophages. Overview of viral therapy. Characteristics of some families of viruses: Herpersviridae, Adenoviridae, Papillomaviridae, Orthomyxoviridae, Paramyxoviridae, Reoviridae, Fliaviviridae, Caliciviridae, Togaviridae, Picornaviridae, Retroviridae, Hepadnaviridae, Dedltavirus. Outline of viroids. Prions. 

Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)

D1 Knowledge and understanding abilities

The student must show to have acquired the main tools needed to understand the etiopathogenetic mechanisms of viruses and their role in human pathology, using the scientific language.

D2 Applying knowledge and understanding

The student must show the ability to recognize and apply the cognitive tools and the methodological accuracy of Virology in order to practice several activity indirectly linked to health safety.

D3 Independent judgment

The student must show the ability to update their knowledge by consulting scientific publications in Virology sector.

D4 Communication skills

The student must show the ability to utilize in the professional field the basics gained during the course; the ability to independently evaluate the results of investigations aimed to clarify the involvement of microorganisms in food staff.

Teaching Material

The teaching material prepared by the lecturer in addition to recommended textbooks (such as for instance slides, lecture notes, exercises, bibliography) and communications from the lecturer specific to the course can be found inside the Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it

Didactics, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment




oral examination

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