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Viruses: Meet the Microbes Lecture Materials

These are FREE lecture materials on virus types, from the Virtual Microbiology Classrooms (8-week & 16-week). The resources below are used to supplement actual college microbiology courses.

Virtual Microbiology

You have free access to a large collection of materials used in a college-level introductory microbiology course. The Virtual Microbiology Classroom provides a wide range of free educational resources including PowerPoint Lectures, Study Guides, Review Questions and Practice Test Questions.
Prokaryotic Cell, Mariana Ruiz
Page last updated 2/2016
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Versions of Virus Types PPT:​

PrintingThe best way for students to print out the PowerPoint Show is to download the PDF version. Select Print, and, when the Print screen comes up, go to the Print Handling options. Under Page Scaling, select "Multiple pages per sheet". Under Pages Per Sheet, select "2". That uses up less paper placing two slides on each page.

Hidden Virus Homework Assignment: This assignment will help you understand what it takes for a virus to be super sneaky. 

See Moodle and your textbook for additional reading assignments.

West nile virus is transmitted by mosquitoes.

Mosquitos are the Insect Vector Involved in the Spread of West Nile Virus (WNV)
  • Understand the difference between an enveloped and non-enveloped virus?
  • Viruses have one of four different basic types of genomes. For each virus described in this lecture, know its genome type and whether it is enveloped or non-enveloped.
  • Know the names and descriptions of the different types of herpes viruses.
  • HIV (Human-immunodeficiency-virus) is a retrovirus. Understand the key difference between a retrovirus and other types of viruses.
  • Be able to describe what HPV, is and its relationship to cancer.
  • Understand the two ways we discussed that viruses can hide.
  • Know what a prophage is, and what is necessary for a virus to be a prophage.
  • Be able to describe the difference between modified live and killed virus vaccines.

The VMC lecture materials on types of viruses include:
  • list of learning objectives
  • PowerPoint lecture
  • homework assignment  
  • practice test & review questions

These multiple-choice / matching practice test questions and essay review questions are designed to help you better understand the viral infectious diseases introduced in this lecture.

  • Play Pandemic 2 a video game of strategy, where you try to become a successful pandemic microbe and infect the world. My teenage daughter and I recommend this one to you. 
  • ​Cell Breach: Animated video clip from "Battlefield Cell" episode of Curiosity
  • Play “Sneeze”, an online game where the object is to infect as many people as possible with your coughs and sneezes. 

For more information on viruses, go to the 
Virus Structure
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Virus Type: Bacteriophage
Virus Life Cycle Illustration
For more information on viruses, go to the 
Virus Life Cycle 
Lecture Main Page
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