units

MIC3990

Faculty of Science

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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Faculty

Science

Coordinator(s)

Associate Professor Jose Garcia-Bustos

Offered

Clayton

  • First semester 2016 (Day)
  • Second semester 2016 (Day)
  • Summer semester A 2016 (Day)

Synopsis

This unit provides the opportunity for high achieving students to work with an academic supervisor and complete a research project in Microbiology. The research project may be chosen from a list of projects available at the beginning of semester from the Department of Microbiology. The unit convener and supervisor must approve the project topic at the time of the enrolment. Students will work in a research laboratory to obtain data, will complete a written preliminary and final report and will give a series of oral presentations on their work.

Outcomes

On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Undertake a research project with regard to ethical and safety regulations;

  1. Demonstrate technical skills in experimental methods and the ability to collect, analyse and interpret data using methods relevant to the discipline of Microbiology;

  1. Communicate appropriately and effectively with supervisors, laboratory staff and students;

  1. Maintain accurate and up-to-date records of experimental procedures, results and outcomes;

  1. Identify relevant published scientific literature and critically analyse and evaluate the content in the context of the discipline of Microbiology;

  1. Construct written reports.

Assessment

Two oral reports (preliminary 15 minutes, 10%; final 15 minutes, 10%): 20%
Two written reports (preliminary 1,500 words, 10% and final 8,000 words, 50%): 60%
Assessment of laboratory work: 20%
Hurdle requirements: Requirement of a pass grade on the 60% theory component of the unit (literature review worth 10% plus final report worth 50%) and a pass grade on the final report.

Workload requirements

12 hours per week

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Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Prerequisites

Permission from the Head of Microbiology. Students must have completed all first and second level units in their approved major, and be able to demonstrate that they have an appropriate project and supervisor/s. 12 points of study in the discipline area at 2nd year level and a grade point average of at least 70 over 24 points in relevant units at second or third year level.