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MICR 360: Research Perspectives

Full Year - 18 points

Course prescription

Tutorial-based paper covering contemporary topics in Microbiology and Immunology. Designed to develop skills required for the critical analysis of the scientific literature and for effective oral and written communication.

Course overview

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  • Fundamental research skills are essential for a career in the field of Microbiology and Immunology. MICR 360 will introduce you to the world of research, teaching you how to analyse work published by other scientists and present scientific research in both written and oral formats.

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  • You will be challenged to think critically. You will spend time in research labs and experience what a career in Microbiology and Immunology research and teaching would be like. This paper is ideal for students who intend to move into postgraduate degrees in Microbiology and Immunology, as it will prepare you for the tutorial-based fourth-year course work.

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  • The paper is divided into four modules, each covering a different research area in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology: Molecular Microbiology, Virology, Immunology and Biotechnology and Medical Microbiology.


MICR 360 is 100% internally assessed. 60% of the assessment is on the course content (4 x 15% assessments), 20% is on research lab internships (4 x 5%) and the remainder is on a research proposal (20% group assessment). There is no final exam.


Reading for the course will include relevant scientific papers and the reading material will be posted on Blackboard in the week prior to the tutorial.

Teaching staff

For more information

View the details of this paper on the University of Otago website

Students are encouraged to contact staff by email to make arrangements for a time to discuss course-related matters.

For more information on this course, please contact Phage-host interactions (Phi) laboratory - Professor Peter Fineran.