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MICR462 Microbiology and Immunology Research

2021 information for papers will be published in early September. 

This paper facilitates self-directed learning of key research-related skills, including oral communication of research goals and data, review of the scientific literature and critical analysis of research publications.

Paper title Microbiology and Immunology Research
Paper code MICR462
Subject Microbiology
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Full Year
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,333.93
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $6,318.60

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Limited to
PGDipSci, MSc

Students who are interested in this paper but are not majoring in Microbiology, Genetics, Biochemistry or Molecular Biotechnology are invited to discuss course content with the department.


Appropriate for MSc and PGDipSci students majoring in Microbiology, Genetics, Biochemistry or Molecular Biotechnology.

Teaching staff
Convenor: Associate Professor Keith Ireton
Other Lecturer: Associate Professor Alexander McLellan (400-level Co-ordinator)
Paper Structure
This paper is based entirely on self-directed learning and lacks lectures or tutorials. Students prepare oral presentations and a literature review based on their research project in MICR 480 or MICR 495. Students also sit a 3-hour 'interpretive' exam in which they read a research publication in the area of bacteriology, virology or immunology. They then write titles and abstracts and answer questions related to this publication.

  • Two short (15-minute) talks on the rationale for your research project and progress made on your project: 20%
  • Research-project-related essay (critical review of relevant literature): 40%
  • Interpretive exam: 30%
  • Laboratory notebook (pass/fail): 10%
Teaching Arrangements
There are no tutorials or lectures.
Learning is entirely self-directed.

Textbooks are not required for this paper.
Course readings are reviews and original papers from the literature.

Course outline

View course outline for MICR 462

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Critical thinking, Research.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
  • Be able to effectively communicate your research project goals and achievements in an oral and visual format
  • Demonstrate in-depth knowledge and critical thinking in your research area
  • Understand how to comprehensively review the scientific literature and cite references properly
  • Develop the ability to critically analyse and interpret data in primary research publications

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Full Year

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system