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Advanced Microbiology and Immunology I (MIIM40002)

HonoursPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelHonours
Subject codeMIIM40002
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

To become effective research scientists, students need to develop the skills such as critical review and analysis of data, appropriate design and execution of experiments, appropriate documentation of experimental plans and results, interpretation of data and presentation and communication of data. Drawing on recent advances in microbiology and immunology, this subject will involve critical review of scientific literature and presentation of such analysis in both an oral and written form. This subject is designed to give level 4 honours year experience in skills required for critical analysis and communication of scientific concepts. This subject is designed to provide students with experience to help enable the transition from undergraduate to postgraduate study. The material covered will complement that covered in MIIM40007 Advanced Microbiology and Immunology II.

Intended learning outcomes

  • To demonstrate a mature understanding of experimental design, experimental implementation, data evaluation and communication as it relates to modern biomedical research, in a broad ethical context.
  • To demonstrate skills in the written communication of research data.
  • To demonstrate skills in the oral communication of research data.
  • To demonstrate skills in critical evaluation of scientific data and manuscripts.

Generic skills

Upon completion of this subject, students should have developed the capacity for synthesis and critical review of arguments based on evidence, the capacity to work cooperatively with others, an advanced capacity for written and oral presentation, the ability to manage information effectively including the use computer technologies for scholarly pursuits, and the ability to communicate effectively in a public forum away from the scientific discipline.

Eligibility and requirements




Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
MIIM40007 Advanced Microbiology and Immunology II
Semester 1
MIIM40005 Micro & Immuno Research Project Part 1
Semester 1

Non-allowed subjects


Recommended background knowledge

A solid background in biological sciences (2nd year level biochemistry, immunology, microbiology, genetics) is ideal but not essential. The subject is structured to provide all the necessary background information for completion.

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


Additional details

  • One written exam (6%), One 1200-word essay (25%), and participation in tutorials (3%), Between week 2 and week 4 (Total 34%)
  • One research poster (15%), one oral presentation of the research poster (15%) and participation in tutorials (3%), Between week 5 and week 7 (Total 33%)
  • One research proposal (30%) and participation in tutorials (3%), Between week 8 and week 12 (Total 33%)

One research poster (15%), one oral presentation of the research poster (15%) and participation in tutorials (3%)

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    Principal coordinatorDamian Purcell
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours24
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date15 March 2019
    Census date31 March 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail10 May 2019
    Assessment period ends28 June 2019

    Semester 1 contact information

    Subject Coordinators:

    A/Prof. Katherine Kedzierska


    A/Prof. Damian Purcell


    Dr Scott Mueller


    Administrative Coordination:


Time commitment details

24 contact hours with an estimated total time commitment of 170 hours (including non-contact time)

Further information

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  • Subject notes

    Students must be enrolled in the Bachelor of Biomedicine (Honours) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) to complete this subject.

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 10 August 2019