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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 0.5000
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
BSc(Hons), PGDipSci
Enrolments for this paper require departmental permission.
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Teaching staff

Course Convener: Associate Professor Kirk L. Hamilton
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 (typically 20,000 words). The paper extends throughout the academic year.
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
  • Acquired deep knowledge and understanding of the physiology of a specific area of research.
  • High intellectual appreciation of the value of research to generating new knowledge, including critical evaluation, interpretation, deductive reasoning and rigour.
  • Developed oral and written scientific communication skills.

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Full Year

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system