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Micro & Immuno Research Project Part 1 (MIIM40005)

HonoursPoints: 25On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelHonours
Subject codeMIIM40005
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

The research project for Honours in Microbiology and Immunology aims to extend a student’s knowledge of microbiology/immunology and related areas; provide experience in research techniques and approaches with the advice and guidance of one of the research groups within or affiliated with the department; enhance the student’s ability to find and critically assess existing scientific information; to develop skills in communication (both written and oral) of scientific concepts related to microbiology/immunology and related areas.

Intended learning outcomes

  • Select, summarise and critically appraise published research in microbiology/immunology and related areas
  • Formulate a research hypothesis based upon a synthesis of the published research evidence
  • Design and undertake appropriate research experiments to answer a research hypothesis in microbiology/immunology and related areas
  • Conduct supervised research in a specific area of microbiology/immunology research
  • Communicate the method and findings of a research project in oral and written form

Generic skills

Upon completion of this subject, students should have developed the capacity for critical review and synthesis of arguments based on evidence, the capacity to work cooperatively with others, experience in design, execution, analysis and presentation of experimental approaches and data, experience in giving oral scientific presentations, 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
MIIM40002 Advanced Microbiology and Immunology I
Semester 1
MIIM40007 Advanced Microbiology and Immunology II
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

This assessment statement applies to the entire enrolment across Parts 1 (MIIM40005) and 2 (MIIM40006) of the subject:

  • Research thesis 15,000 – 20,000 words consisting of a literature review, materials and methods, results and discussion, during examination period Semester 2 (75%)
  • Oral examination of research project (5-minute presentation and 25-minute questions), during examination period Semester 2 (10%)
  • One 10-minute oral presentation, Mid-Year (5%)
  • Supervisors mark, submitted by research supervisor at end of year (10%)

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    Principal coordinatorDamian Purcell
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hoursThis subject is an individual research project and weekly contact hours will vary depending on the nature of the project.
    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

Students should discuss total time commitment with their supervisor but as a guide, a student would be expected to be engaged in their research for an average of thirty hours per week over two semesters.

Additional delivery details

This subject is delivered in two consecutive parts. Whilst these have separate subject codes, they are considered to be a single continuing subject of 75 credit points. At the end of the first part, students will receive a CNT (Continuing - ongoing) grade. At the completion of the final part students will receive an overall result for the subject.

Information provided on this page applies to both parts of the subject (MIIM40005 and MIIM40006).

Further information

Last updated: 10 August 2019