MIC3990 - Action in microbiology research project - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Chief examiner(s)

Dr Sheena McGowan


Dr Sheena McGowan
Professor Dena Lyras

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)
  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


Permission from the Head of Microbiology. Students must have completed all first and second level units in their approved major, and be able to demonstrate that they have an appropriate project and supervisor/s. 12 points of study in the discipline area at 2nd year level and a grade point average of at least 70 over 24 points in relevant units at second or third year level.


This unit provides the opportunity for high achieving students to work with an academic supervisor and complete a research project in Microbiology. The research project may be chosen from a list of projects available at the beginning of semester from the Department of Microbiology. The unit convener and supervisor must approve the project topic at the time of the enrolment. Students will work in a research laboratory to obtain data, will complete a written preliminary and final report and will give a series of oral presentations on their work.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Undertake a research project with regard to ethical and safety regulations;
  2. Demonstrate technical skills in experimental methods and the ability to collect, analyse and interpret data using methods relevant to the discipline of Microbiology;
  3. Communicate appropriately and effectively with supervisors, laboratory staff and students;
  4. Maintain accurate and up-to-date records of experimental procedures, results and outcomes;
  5. Identify relevant published scientific literature and critically analyse and evaluate the content in the context of the discipline of Microbiology;
  6. Construct written reports.


Two oral reports (preliminary 15 minutes 10% and final 15 minutes 10%): 20%

Written report (preliminary 1000 words): 10%

Written report (final 5000 words): 50% (Hurdle)

Assessment of laboratory work: 20%

This unit is subject to the Hurdle and Threshold Standards policiesHurdle and Threshold Standards policies (http://www.med.monash.edu.au/policies/assessment-policy-2017.html) of the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences.

Workload requirements

12 hours per week

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