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    A progressive and guided writing and literature survey exercise in areas of physiology that form the background to work undertaken in the research project.

    Students taking this paper will have the opportunity to explore the scientific literature in areas of interest related to their research project.

    About this paper

    Paper title Research Topics
    Subject Physiology
    EFTS 0.1667
    Points 20 points
    Teaching period Full Year (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,797.86
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    Students accepted into the BSc(Hons), PGDipSc or MSc programmes in Physiology.
    400-level students in other programmes may be eligible if they have a Physiology-based supervisor; please contact the Course Convener.

    Enrolments for this paper require departmental permission.
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    Teaching staff

    Course Convener: Professor Colin Brown
    Note: The teaching staff list will be updated. See the 'more information' link above for details.

    Paper Structure

    This is a year-long paper in which you will research four topics, which will be internally assessed by the production of three 2,000-word essays and one 1,000-word essay. The first essay will not attract a mark. The following two essays will each count for 40%, and the final essay will count for 20% of the PHSL 474 mark. During the first week of your course, your supervisor will discuss possible topics with you, and together you will decide the areas of interest to be followed over the duration of PHSL 474.

    Teaching Arrangements
    The paper extends throughout the academic year and involves informal meetings organised between the student and the supervisor.

    Readings consist of primary literature articles.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
    View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete this paper will:

    • Acquire deep knowledge and understanding of a specific field 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


    Full Year

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system
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