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MICR360 Research Perspectives

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.

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. 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 and Microbial Ecology.

Paper title Research Perspectives
Paper code MICR360
Subject Microbiology
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Full Year
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,018.05
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,500.00

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Schedule C
Science
Notes
Normally for students intending to enter 400-level postgraduate study in Microbiology or Immunology. Head of Department approval required.
Course outline
No PDF course outline is available for this paper as the topics of the tutorials vary greatly from year to year.
Eligibility
Students must normally achieve B grades or higher in MICR 221, MICR 222 and MICR 223. Enrolment in this paper requires departmental approval. You will be advised once a decision has been made.

Enrolments for this paper require departmental permission. View more information about departmental permission.
Contact
Dr Roslyn Kemp: roslyn.kemp@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Convenor: Dr Roslyn Kemp
Other Lecturers: To be advised
Paper Structure
24 tutorials of one hour each

Course objectives:
  • To gain an understanding of fundamental concepts in immunology and microbiology
  • To develop research and communication skills appropriate for postgraduate study
Assessment:
  • MICR 360 is 100% internally assessed. Each module includes an assessment worth 15%. Assessment types vary but may include an oral exam and oral presentation, a press release or a debate.
  • There are two research skills assessments, one per semester. These include a science communication exercise in the first semester and a research proposal for the HRC Rangahau Hauora Investment Stream in the second semester.
  • Tutorials outlining requirements and providing support for these two assessments are included in the tutorial timetable.
  • Module Assessments (4) 15% each
    • Molecular Microbiology
    • Biotechnology/Microbial Ecology
    • Immunology
    • Virology
  • Research Skill Assessments (2) 20% each
  • Science Communication (first semester)
  • Research Proposal (second semester)
Teaching Arrangements
Tutorials are managed in four modules, two per semester. Each module is 4-6 weeks, including assessment.

There is no practical component to MICR 360.
Textbooks
Text books are not required for this paper.
Research article based learning
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
  • Be able to analyse work published by other scientists and to present scientific research in both written and oral formats
  • Be able to think critically and challenge current science
  • Development an awareness of, and skills for, the research environment.

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Timetable

Full Year

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
T1 Tuesday 11:00-11:50 9-15, 18-22, 28-34, 36-41

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.

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.

Paper title Research Perspectives
Paper code MICR360
Subject Microbiology
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Full Year
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,038.45
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,680.00

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Schedule C
Science
Notes
Normally for students intending to enter 400-level postgraduate study in Microbiology or Immunology. Head of Department approval required.
Eligibility
Students must normally achieve B grades or higher in MICR 221, MICR 222 and MICR 223. Enrolment in this paper requires departmental approval. You will be advised once a decision has been made.

Enrolments for this paper require departmental permission.
View more information about departmental permission.
Contact
Associate Professor Roslyn Kemp
Teaching staff
Convenor: Associate Professor Roslyn Kemp
Other Lecturers: To be advised
Teaching Arrangements
Tutorials are managed in four modules, two per semester. Each module is 4-6 weeks, including assessment.
The practical component to MICR 360 involves rotations through 4 different research labs in the department.
Textbooks
Text books are not required for this paper.
Research article-based learning.
Paper Structure
24 tutorials of one hour each; lab rotation - 4 x 10 hours.

Assessment:
  • MICR 360 is 100% internally assessed. Each module includes an assessment worth 15%. Assessment types vary but may include an oral exam and oral presentation, a press release or a debate.
  • There is a research skills assessment worth 20% - a research proposal for the HRC Rangahau Hauora Investment Stream in the second semester.
  • You will be assessed on your experiences in the research labs (4 x 5%) - the form of assessment will vary, but may include a lab presentation and/or short research proposal or critical review relevant to the reserch in the lab.
  • Tutorials outlining requirements and providing support for all of the assessments are included in the tutorial timetable.
Course outline
No PDF course outline is available for this paper as the topics of the tutorials vary greatly from year to year.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
  • Be able to analyse work published by other scientists and to present scientific research in both written and oral formats
  • Be able to think critically and challenge current science
  • Development an awareness of, and skills for, the research environment.

^ Top of page

Timetable

Full Year

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
T1 Tuesday 11:00-11:50 9-13, 15-22, 28-34, 36-41