Full Year - 18 points
MICR 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.
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.
28 Feb Ros
Module 1 - Microbial Omics
7 Mar Sergio / Xochitl
14 Mar Sergio / Xochitl
21 Mar Sergio / Xochitl
28 Mar Sergio / Xochitl
5 Apr Sergio / Xochitl assessment
Module 2 - Molecular Microbiology
11 Apr Keith / Clive
2 May Keith / Clive
9 May Keith / Clive
16 May Keith / Clive
23 May Keith / Clive assessment
30 May Ros / Gerald research assessment - Communicating Microbiome Otago to the public
11 Jul Ros / Andrew Stats workshop
Module 3 - Immunology
18 Jul Ros / Jo
25 Jul Ros / Jo
1 Aug Ros / Jo
8 Aug Ros / Jo
15 Aug Ros / Jo assessment
22 Aug Ros / Mark research assessment - HRC Rangahau Haoura Maori Research Proposal (introduction)
Module 4 - Virology
5 Sep Steve / Matloob
12 Sep Steve / Matloob
19 Sep Steve / Matloob
26 Sep Steve / Matloob
3 Oct Steve / Matloob assessment - Oral presentation with questions
9 Oct - Research Assessment - HRC Proposal due
10 Oct Ros feedback
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.
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.
Students are encouraged to contact staff by email to make arrangements for a time to discuss course-related matters.