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MICR 360: Research Perspectives

Full Year - 18 points

Course prescription

equipmentTutorial-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

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. 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. 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 + Microbial Ecology.

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.

 

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.