MICRO 4010A - Adv Microbiology & Immunology Project (Hons) Pt 1

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2015

This modular course covers a range of advanced topics in Microbiology and Immunology, the methods of presentation and assessment of which vary according to module.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MICRO 4010A
    Course Adv Microbiology & Immunology Project (Hons) Pt 1
    Coordinating Unit School of Biological Sciences
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Contact Mixed mode - flexible and/or intensive
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Corequisites MICRO 4020A/B
    Incompatible MICRO 4000A/B
    Restrictions Available only to students admitted to the relevant Honours program
    Course Description This modular course covers a range of advanced topics in Microbiology and Immunology, the methods of presentation and assessment of which vary according to module.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Shaun McColl

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Design, conduct, analyse and interpret results of an experiment, and effectively communicate
    these in written reports
    2 Develop interdisciplinary solutions to a variety of problems related to the Discipline of
    Microbiology & Immunology.
    3 Critically analyse and evaluate quantitative & qualitative information related to the
    Discipline of Microbiology & Immunology.
    4 Obtain and evaluate information from a variety of sources.
    5 Communicate effectively in a variety of forms.
    6 Use terminology appropriate to the field of study correctly and contextually.
    7 Extend knowledge and understanding of a variety of concepts related to the
    Discipline of Microbiology & Immunology in a range of contexts.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1-4,7
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1,3,4
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1,2,7
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 1,5,6
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1,4,7
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1-5,7
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1,2,7
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1-4,7
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This primarily involves reading of the literature, generating hypotheses and experimental approaches, and preparation and delivery of material.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    A student enrolled in this course, such as this, should expect to spend, on average 12 hours per week on the studies required for this 6-point course. 
    Learning Activities Summary

    The oral presentation of projects should consist of approximately 75% literature review and background, and 25% aims and justification of the project. The aim of this is to assist the student to plan and focus the project, and to allow all members of staff an opportunity to provide guidance or assistance; it is not assessed, and gives the students an opportunity to gain practice at oral presentation. The written literature review (to be handed in to the Supervisor), is not assessed as such, but will form the basis of the introduction to the student’s thesis and will allow feedback on writing style and presentation. 

    A block of seminars presented by Honours students (Prof. tutes) will be held.  All members of staff will be invited to attend.  The topics for these seminars will be available two weeks in advance.  Each topic will have a spokesperson from staff of the School, who is knowledgeable in the area of research covered by the topic.  Students should consult with the spokesperson for the topic they are given, to obtain guidance about information sources, balance and planning for their presentation.  However, the final presentation should be the student's own work.


    Topics for the Research Grant Proposal may be in the general area of the thesis project, but should be different from the thesis topic. Further instructions regarding this will be provided prior to the task.  The student chooses the topic, submits a one-page draft proposal, and the supervisor will give guidance (written or oral) on this draft and the appropriateness of the topic. The student will then be handed a kit describing grant preparation and is given 3 weeks to prepare the final grant submission.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Type of assessment Percentage of total assessment for grading purposes Hurdle (Yes or No) Learning Outcome
    Project presentation Formative


    No 1-7
    Literature review Formative 0% No 1-7
    Prof tute Summative 50% No 1-7
    Research Grant Application Summative 50% No 1-7
    Assessment Detail

    Prof. Tute (50%) Topics for Prof. Tutes are provided two weeks in advance.  Students in pairs will present a general topic that is not related to their project, each student speaking for 45 minutes.  Any of the honours supervisors may be asked to propose one or more topics and to act as a spokesperson who will guide the students who are assigned to the topic(s).  This will involve provision of relevant articles and guidance in developing the topic.  However, the presentation itself must be the work of the student and again, rehearsals with staff and post-doctoral colleagues is not allowed.  Assessment is by academic staff and also by co-opted members of affiliate staff as required.  Supervisors are invited to attend and observe the assessment process.


    Research Grant Application (50%) Each submission is read by three assessors who are familiar with the general area of the topic chosen by the student.  Having assigned a mark, assessors may confer but the final mark will be the average of the three assessments. Assessment will be based on clarity of the aims, how convincingly the hypothesis and significance of the work have been justified, the relevance of the background presented, and the appropriateness of the research plan.

    If an extension is not applied for, or not granted then a penalty for late submission will apply.  A penalty of 10% of the value of the assignment for each calendar day that the assignment is late (i.e. weekends count as 2 days), up to a maximum of 50% of the available marks will be applied. This means that an assignment that is 5 days late or more without an approved extension can only receive a maximum of 50% of the marks available for that assignment.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    NOG (No Grade Associated)
    Grade Description
    CN Continuing

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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