Virology I: How Viruses Work

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Introductory virology course emphasizing the common reactions that must be completed by all viruses for successful reproduction within a host cell.
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9/10 starsCompleted
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5 years, 4 months ago
This course is a great introduction to how viruses work. You'll learn in great detail about the entire life cycle of a virus and about many of the special adaptations different viruses have allow them to thrive. The course requires some background in cell biology and molecular biology. It is not well suited to those without some background in life sciences. The lectures are clear but they are dense. Alot of material is covered. This course was the most challenging MOOC I've taken. The workload is almost as much as a university course. I wish the faculty had been more active on the discussion forums but despite this I think it was a great course.
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8/10 starsCompleted
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5 years, 5 months ago
Very interesting course. I learned alot and am sad the first part came to an end (just finished the final exam) Each week they released a +-1 hr lecture video, chopped up into segments of about 10 minutes each. These are packed with information, but the professor guides you through the material in a great way. I preferred the 'newly' recorded lectures over the in class ones though (mainly because of the pace and audio quality) The weekly quizzes counted towards 30% of your grade, and were a nice way to process everything you saw/heard. A great learning tool, and a good preparation for the final exam since you could take them more than once. The only real let down would be the inactivity of the TA. Alot of questions did not get answered, things that were promised in the beginning of the course (study guides, etc) did not get posted, and so on. The technical staff was very helpful though. All in all a great course. Very informative, no... Very interesting course. I learned alot and am sad the first part came to an end (just finished the final exam) Each week they released a +-1 hr lecture video, chopped up into segments of about 10 minutes each. These are packed with information, but the professor guides you through the material in a great way. I preferred the 'newly' recorded lectures over the in class ones though (mainly because of the pace and audio quality) The weekly quizzes counted towards 30% of your grade, and were a nice way to process everything you saw/heard. A great learning tool, and a good preparation for the final exam since you could take them more than once. The only real let down would be the inactivity of the TA. Alot of questions did not get answered, things that were promised in the beginning of the course (study guides, etc) did not get posted, and so on. The technical staff was very helpful though. All in all a great course. Very informative, not too difficult, but I can imagine some students struggleing if they lack any background in molecular biology. If they would release the second part of this course, I will enroll, without a doubt. I'd recommend this to everyone who is interested in this field!
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 4 months ago
I am so happy I got to take this class, and there is so much I understand now, not only about viruses but also about genetics.
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5 years, 4 months ago
I had no prior Virology experience, and my academic background was primarily chemistry, from decades ago. Yet this course was so very well constructed and presented that I put in the extra time to do well. Absolutely awesome course!!
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5 years, 4 months ago
Excellent course, definitely in my top 3, having a relative high scientific level while providing a complete insight in the basic functioning of viruses. Complemented with witty podcasts at twiv.tv.
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