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

    Physiology original research project.

    About this paper

    Paper title Dissertation
    Subject Physiology
    EFTS 0.5
    Points 60 points
    Teaching period Full Year (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $5,392.50
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    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


    Full Year

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system
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