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MICR490 Dissertation

A supervised project involving original research and leading to the production of a dissertation.

The ability to carry out original cutting-edge scientific research is essential for students who want to pursue a research career or further study. This paper has a significant research component that will expose you to advanced topics in microbiology and immunology. The research project will be of a high professional standard and will be supervised by academics of international scientific standing. You will attain high-level skills in experimental planning, logistics and data analysis, as well as advanced oral and written presentation skills. This paper offers you the opportunity to develop interpersonal skills in a genuine research environment.

Paper title Dissertation
Paper code MICR490
Subject Microbiology
EFTS 0.5
Points 60 points
Teaching period(s) Full Year (On campus)
1st Non standard period (10 July 2023 - 19 June 2024) (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,227.00
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Limited to
BAppSc(Hons), BSc(Hons)

Students should have passed five relevant 300-level papers and achieved a B+ average (average GPA = 6.0 or above) over the four best MICR 300-level papers.


Teaching staff

Convenor: Associate Professor Keith Ireton
Other Lecturers: Microbiology and Immunology academic staff.

Paper Structure

MICR 490 is the research project component for BSc(Hons), BAppSc(Hons) and in some exceptional cases PGDipSci and MSc.


  • Submission of a project report/dissertation and 20 minute oral examination (90%)
  • End of year talk (10%)
Teaching Arrangements

To complete this paper you will undertake a six-month research project within one of the research laboratories in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology.

Staff will introduce available research projects in the first week of the first semester during the introductory week for fourth-year Microbiology. MICR 490 has no formal classes.


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

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will:

  • Be able to demonstrate an advanced knowledge of research-based microbiology and immunology as a stepping stone to PhD study or employment in biotechnology, industry or health management sectors
  • Display advanced knowledge of fundamental and applied microbiology and immunology, with the ability to assimilate complex information on a spectrum of interdisciplinary topics and to use this knowledge for applications in the workplace
  • Possess an enhanced ability to communicate ideas about science to a lay and specialised audience

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Full Year

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system

1st Non standard period (10 July 2023 - 19 June 2024)

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system