Science Honours

Microbiology

During the Honours year, students will be involved in a study program designed for those wishing to further develop their laboratory skills and critical thinking. The program is very strongly recommended for any student wishing to enter a research career or undertake further work leading to a higher degree. The program provides the opportunity for individual laboratory research work under the direction of a supervisor. This project culminates in the production of a research thesis and presentation of the key findings in a seminar. During the year each student is also expected to attend research seminars and complete a coursework component that consists of tutorials and an exam based on the critical evaluation of scientific manuscripts. Assessment is based on the research project (including laboratory performance, written report and oral presentation) and the coursework (tutorial performance and written exam).

Honours research areas

Microbiology Honours is conducted within the School of Life and Environmental Sciences. The School offers Microbiology Honours projects in a wide range of research areas including molecular and medical microbiology, microbial genetics, applied and environmental microbiology, biotechnology, and virology.

Applying for admission to Honours

The Honours program offers entry at the beginning of the academic year (Semester One, commencing in February) and a limited number of places for mid-year entry (Semester Two, commencing in August). Students need to speak with potential supervisors and are able to nominate up to 10 supervisors in order of preference on the School of Life and Environmental Sciences online Honours application form. Attempts will be made where possible to assign students to the supervisor of their choice but this will not always be possible. In such cases the School will work with students to find an available project. Students should note that some supervisors cannot accommodate mid-year entrants. The usual requirement for acceptance into the Honours program is a credit average in a major relevant to the project of interest; any student with an undergraduate background relevant to specific projects (including chemistry, biochemistry, nutrition and dietetics, microbiology, immunobiology, physiology, neuroscience, mathematics, physics, biology or other related medical sciences) may be admitted. It should be noted that the number of students accepted into the Honours program may be limited because of resource restrictions (availability of a supervisor and/or laboratory space) and that, in the event of there being more applicants than resources will allow, offers will be made on the basis of academic merit.


Honours Coordinator, Associate Professor Andrew Holmes
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T +61 2 9351 2530

General Honours Advice:
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Unit of study Credit points A: Assumed knowledge P: Prerequisites C: Corequisites N: Prohibition Session

Microbiology Honours

MICR4011
Microbiology Honours A
12   

School permission is required for enrolment. Entry into the School Honours program normally requires a credit average in a major relevant to the chosen project or relevant 24 credit points of senior study. The School will consider entry by students who do not have this requirement if their overall academic performance indicates an equivalent performance in other subject areas or if their SCIWAM exceeds 65.
Semester 1
Semester 2
MICR4012
Microbiology Honours B
12    C MICR4011


School permission is required for enrolment. Entry into the School Honours program normally requires a credit average in a major relevant to the chosen project or relevant 24 credit points of senior study. The School will consider entry to students who do not have this requirement if their overall academic performance indicates an equivalent performance in other subject areas or if their SCIWAM exceeds 65.
Semester 1
Semester 2
MICR4013
Microbiology Honours C
12    C MICR4012


School permission is required for enrolment. Entry into the School Honours program normally requires a credit average in a major relevant to the chosen project or relevant 24 credit points of senior study. The School will consider entry to students who do not have this requirement if their overall academic performance indicates an equivalent performance in other subject areas or if their SCIWAM exceeds 65.
Semester 1
Semester 2
MICR4014
Microbiology Honours D
12    C MICR4013


School permission is required for enrolment. Entry into the School Honours program normally requires a credit average in a major relevant to the chosen project or relevant 24 credit points of senior study. The School will consider entry to students who do not have this requirement if their overall academic performance indicates an equivalent performance in other subject areas or if their SCIWAM exceeds 65.
Semester 1
Semester 2

Microbiology Honours

MICR4011 Microbiology Honours A

Credit points: 12 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof Andrew Holmes Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Lectures (4.5 hours), tutorials (12 hours), seminars (26 hours), research project Assessment: Coursework presentation (3%), coursework participation (7%), coursework examination: 4 hours (15%), oral presentation of research (10%), thesis (65%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: School permission is required for enrolment. Entry into the School Honours program normally requires a credit average in a major relevant to the chosen project or relevant 24 credit points of senior study. The School will consider entry by students who do not have this requirement if their overall academic performance indicates an equivalent performance in other subject areas or if their SCIWAM exceeds 65.
Students enrolled in the Honours program study various advanced aspects of Microbiology. Students undertake a research project, complete coursework relating to the critical evaluation of scientific literature and biostatistics, and attend seminars.
MICR4012 Microbiology Honours B

Credit points: 12 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof Andrew Holmes Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: See MICR4011 Corequisites: MICR4011 Assessment: See MICR4011 Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: School permission is required for enrolment. Entry into the School Honours program normally requires a credit average in a major relevant to the chosen project or relevant 24 credit points of senior study. The School will consider entry to students who do not have this requirement if their overall academic performance indicates an equivalent performance in other subject areas or if their SCIWAM exceeds 65.
See MICR4011
MICR4013 Microbiology Honours C

Credit points: 12 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof Andrew Holmes Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: See MICR4011 Corequisites: MICR4012 Assessment: See MICR4011 Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: School permission is required for enrolment. Entry into the School Honours program normally requires a credit average in a major relevant to the chosen project or relevant 24 credit points of senior study. The School will consider entry to students who do not have this requirement if their overall academic performance indicates an equivalent performance in other subject areas or if their SCIWAM exceeds 65.
See MICR4011
MICR4014 Microbiology Honours D

Credit points: 12 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof Andrew Holmes Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: See MICR4011 Corequisites: MICR4013 Assessment: See MICR4011 Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: School permission is required for enrolment. Entry into the School Honours program normally requires a credit average in a major relevant to the chosen project or relevant 24 credit points of senior study. The School will consider entry to students who do not have this requirement if their overall academic performance indicates an equivalent performance in other subject areas or if their SCIWAM exceeds 65.
See MICR4011