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MICR 360: Research Perspectives

Full Year - 18 points

Course prescription

equipmentMICR 360 will introduce you to the world of research.  You will be taught how to analyse work published by other scientists and how to present scientific research in both written and oral formats.  You will be challenged to think critically.   

MICR 360 is ideal for those students intending to move into postgraduate degrees in Microbiology and Immunology, and will prepare you for the tutorial-based fourth-year course work.

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 Critical Analysis in Microbiology.

Entry requires Head of Department approval. Generally B grades in 200-level Microbiology and Immunology papers would be regarded as a minimum level for entry.

Course overview

MICR 360 is a tutorial-based paper.

In 2017, these will include modules on Immunology, Virology, Molecular Microbiology and Critical Analysis in Microbiology.  Tutorials will familiarise you with scientific papers (how to read them, how to interpret data and how to put them into context).  You will be encouraged to bring your own ideas and put them forward. 

Lecture course overview

Preliminary timetable (as at 14/02/17)

28 Feb RK Intro

7 Mar SM XC

14 Mar SM XC

21 Mar SM XC

28 Mar SM XC

5 Apr SM XC assessment 

11 Apr KI CR

2 May KI CR

9 May KI CR

16 May KI CR

23 May KI CR assessment

30 May RK research assessment

 

11 Jul RK AG Stats workshop

18 Jul RK JK

25 Jul RK JK

1 Aug RK JK

8 Aug RK JK

15 Aug RK JK assessment

22 Aug RK research assessment

5 Sep SF MHu

12 Sep SF MHu

19 Sep SF MHu

26 Sep SF MHu

3 Oct SF MHu assessment

10 Oct RK feedback

 

Assessment

MICR 360 is 100% internally assessed. 60% of the assessment is on the course content (4 x 15% assessments) and 40% is on research skills learnt throughout the year ( 2 x 20% assessments). Assessments will be due at the end of each module and will be updated soon. There is no final exam.

In addition, MICR 360 students are expected to spend time in a research lab early in the second semester. More details will be provided during the tutorials.

 

Timetable

Preliminary timetable (as at 14/02/17)

28 Feb RK Intro

7 Mar SM XC

14 Mar SM XC

21 Mar SM XC

28 Mar SM XC

5 Apr SM XC assessment 

11 Apr KI CR

2 May KI CR

9 May KI CR

16 May KI CR

23 May KI CR assessment

30 May RK research assessment

 

11 Jul RK AG Stats workshop

18 Jul RK JK

25 Jul RK JK

1 Aug RK JK

8 Aug RK JK

15 Aug RK JK assessment

22 Aug RK research assessment

5 Sep SF MHu

12 Sep SF MHu

19 Sep SF MHu

26 Sep SF MHu

3 Oct SF MHu assessment

10 Oct RK feedback

Textbooks

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 Dr Robin Simmonds or Associate Professor Roslyn Kemp.