Credit points: 60

Subject outline

This is a one-year research project (under the supervision of a senior academic) and a minor course-work component. In most cases it is identical to the fourth year honours program, but in some circumstances some elements of the course can be tailored to suit a candidate's special interests or needs. This may involve, for example, additional course work. The broad research areas are the same as those described for the honours program.

SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points60

Subject Co-ordinatorSteve Petrovski

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Students must be enrolled in SGSC.


Incompatible subjects MIC4HNB

Equivalent subjects MIC4HNB

Special conditions This unit of study represents the second semester of a year-long program. Students MUST complete both MIC4PGA and MIC4PGB in the one academic year.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. To extend students general knowledge of microbiology

Write a scientific essay on an assigned topic in microbiology. Review the current literature and write a comprehensive review. Instructions on essay writing and literature reviews will be given in the microbiology honours handbook. Students will also give a lecturette to the department on an assigned advanced scientific topic. Students will be given feedback on their assessments from academic staff in the discipline.

02. Provide experience of laboratory practice and honours skills training

At the beginning of the honours year students will be provided with appropriate training in good laboratory practice as well as recombinant DNA and/or Animal/human ethics if required. Other honours skills training sessions will be provided which include database library services and endnote.

03. Conduct experiments based on an original research project

Design experiments to answer specific questions related to an original research project. Students will be guided by a supervisor and keep a laboratory book with detailed records. Results will be analysed and evaluated to interpret the obtained outcomes.

04. Scientific communication skills

Research proposal and research seminars are by each student as well as a lecturette. Instructions on how to give a presentation will be provided in the microbiology honours handbook. An essay, literature review and thesis are written by each student. Instructions on presentations and written work is given in the microbiology handbook. Academic staff in the microbiology discipline will be provide feedback to each student.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2017, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentNo

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSteve Petrovski

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 5.0 days lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
Two 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"The lectures are compulsory (medical certificate needed for non-attendance)"


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
10,000-word thesis65 01, 03
3,000-word essay8 01, 04
5,000-word literature review15 01, 02, 03
laboratory skills assessment5 01, 02, 03
seminar and lecturette presentations totalling approx. one-hour7 01, 04