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PHAL490 Dissertation

2021 information for papers will be published in early September. 

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

The aim of the Honors dissertation is to introduce the student to research in both experimental and written forms. The Honors dissertation is intended to be a relatively short piece of work and is completed in the same year as the other paper requirements. It is important to remember that the dissertation is worth half of the overall Honors mark. Do not neglect your three other papers; the research and papers must all be done well in order to earn first class honors. Following a successful honors year, a student can be admitted into a PhD. However, in order to be competitive for University of Otago scholarships a first class honors and a thesis mark above an A- will be required.

Paper title Dissertation
Paper code PHAL490
Subject Pharmacology
EFTS 0.5000
Points 60 points
Teaching period Full Year
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,965.00
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $18,952.00

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Limited to
Associate Professor John Ashton (
Teaching staff
Associate Professor John Ashton
Paper Structure
The final mark is composed of the written dissertation (85%) an oral viva (10%) and attendance and participation in Journal Club (5%).
Two examiners not connected to your project will mark the dissertation and the external examiner will moderate this mark. The oral viva will be marked by members of the academic staff in the department, which again will be moderated by the external examiner.

Textbooks are not required for this paper.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
The aim of the Honors dissertation is to introduce the student to research in both experimental and written forms

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Full Year

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system