Advanced Microbiology and Immunology I

Subject MIIM40002 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24
Total Time Commitment:

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



Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
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.

Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Equitable Adjustment Procedure (SEAP), academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Objectives, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry. It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability will impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and the Disability Liaison Unit:


Assoc Prof Katherine Kedzierska, Assoc Prof Scott Mueller, Prof Damian Purcell


Subject Coordinators:

A/Prof. Katherine Kedzierska

A/Prof. Damian Purcell

Dr Scott Mueller

Administrative Coordination:

Subject Overview:

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.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this subject, students should gain experience in how to access, critically review, present and communicate scientific literature in the field of Microbiology and Immunology. Students should gain experience of the requirements for scientific publication and experience in how to evaluate the effectiveness of an article in communicating scientific concepts in the field of Microbiology and Immunology.

  • Written exam, 1 hr involving a critical review of a paper, 30 %. Scheduled for week 2 of subject).
  • Group oral presentation (groups of 4) of a scientific paper 45 min total, 30 %, scheduled for week 4 of subject.
  • Written essay modelled on a scientific commentary regarding latest scientific findings, approximately, 2,500 words, submitted at end of subject (week 6) (40 %).
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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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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.

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

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Microbiology and Immunology

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