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.

SchoolLife Sciences

Credit points60

Subject Co-ordinatorSteve Petrovski

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

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

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Students must be admitted into SGSC


Incompatible subjectsMIC4HNA

Equivalent subjectsMIC4HNA

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 MIC4PGA and MIC4PGB 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.

Subject options

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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-ordinatorSteve Petrovski

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 10 - 22
Two 1.00 h 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 certificate needed for non-attendance)

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


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*
10,000-words thesisN/AN/AN/ANo65 SILO1, SILO2
3,000-words literature reviewN/AN/AN/ANo10 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3
Workshop assessment and abstract writing test (1,000-words equivalent)N/AN/AN/ANo5 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4
Laboratory and research skills assessment (500-words equivalent)N/AN/AN/ANo5 SILO1, SILO4
Seminar and lecturette presentations totalling approx. one-hour (1,500 words equivalent)N/AN/AN/ANo15 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3