Credit points: 60

Subject outline

The Honours course consists of a one year supervised research project and a relatively minor course work component. Microbiological research is as varied in its nature as the microbial world itself and the research interests of the Microbiology discipline reflect this diversity. Programs are potentially available within the discipline in the areas of: the molecular and cellular biology of human and animal viruses; the interactions between host and pathogen; the molecular genetics of bacterial plasmids and wastewater microbiology; environmental microbiology; molecular parasitology; the molecular biology of signal transduction in mitochondrial and neurodegenerative diseases; understanding mitochondrial function in pathogenic and non-pathogenic microorganisms; as well as other relevant aspects of microbial physiology and mammalian cell biology.

SchoolLife Sciences

Credit points60

Subject Co-ordinatorNick Murphy

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsNo

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

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be admitted in one of the following courses SHBIS or SHS or SHMD or SHMC or SHAVB


Incompatible subjectsMIC4PGA

Equivalent subjectsMIC4PGA

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsThis subject of study represents the first semester of a year long program. Students MUST complete both MIC4HNA and MIC4HNB in the one academic year.

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Develop intellectual independence and laboratory experience and demonstrate advanced knowledge in microbiology
02. Demonstrate writing ability and presentation skills at a level that is consistent with international discipline standards and the use of correct terminology to communicate coherent explanation of knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences, such as peers and scientific community.
03. Develop rationale to interrogate assumptions, comprehend scientific information, formulate hypothesises, draw unbiased conclusions and defend scientific ideas consistent with international discipline standards.
04. Employ academic integrity and scientific rigor in conducting and evaluating scientific research and developing professional practice consistent with international discipline standards.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorNick Murphy

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 10 - 22
Two 1.00 hour lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
The lectures are compulsory (medical certified needed for non-attendance)

Supervised ResearchWeek: 10 - 22
One 5.00 days supervised research per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Introductory Poster and associated oral presentation (3000 words equivalent)

N/AOral presentationIndividualNo10 SILO2, SILO4

One 10,000-words Thesis (+ appendices)

N/AOtherIndividualNo70 SILO1, SILO2

Literature Review (3000 words maximum)

N/AOtherIndividualNo10 SILO1, SILO2

Final Seminar (15 minutes, + 5 minutes questions) (3000 words maximum)

N/AOtherIndividualNo10 SILO2, SILO3