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PHSL490 Dissertation

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

Physiology original research project.

Paper title Dissertation
Paper code PHSL490
Subject Physiology
EFTS 0.5
Points 60 points
Teaching period Full Year (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,245.50
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Limited to
BSc(Hons), PGDipSci
Enrolments for this paper require departmental permission.
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Teaching staff

Course Convener: Professor Colin Brown
Students will work with a previously agreed upon supervisor within the Department.

Paper Structure

Students taking this paper will conduct experiments to test a novel hypothesis to generate publishable results. A research agreement between students and supervisors will outline a specific timeline for the research project. The dissertation makes up 50% of the overall workload for the BSc (Hons) or PGDipSci year.

Teaching Arrangements

Students will be assessed on a written dissertation describing the research project and results (15,000 word limit). The paper extends throughout the academic year.


Readings consist of original research articles.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will:

  • Acquire deep knowledge and understanding of the physiology of a specific area of research
  • Develop high intellectual appreciation of the value of research to generating new knowledge, including critical evaluation, interpretation, deductive reasoning and rigour
  • Develop oral and written scientific communication skills

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Full Year

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system