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Unit Overview


This unit comprises 25 per cent of the second year of the Master of Infectious Diseases (52530). It involves original research by the student under supervision, and is undertaken in a research laboratory in the discipline of Microbiology and Immunology, within PathWest or at other institutions in Australia or overseas. The student gains experience in both oral and written scientific communication. Research topics are relevant to topics including medical microbiology, tropical infectious diseases or public and environmental health microbiology. Students must have a WAM of at least 70% across the first year of the course or completion of the Graduate Diploma in Infectious Diseases (51330) with a WAM of at least 70%. Approval from the course coordinator is also required which is dependent on a suitable project and appropriate supervision being available.

12 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth), PathWestFace to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth), PathWestFace to face

Students are able to (1) define, develop and carry out an original scientific research project; (2) critically appraise scientific literature; (3) demonstrate effective skills in critical evaluation of data; (4) demonstrate effective scientific writing and oral presentation skills; and (5) extend knowledge and understanding of infectious diseases.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) progress report literature review; (2) dissertation; (3) final research seminar; and (4) literature review. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Barbara Chang and Associate Professor Christopher Peacock and Dr Kate Hammer
Unit rules
approval from the Course Coordinator and either
enrolment in
the Master of Infectious Diseases (52530) with a weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 70 per cent in the first year,
or completion of the Graduate Diploma in Infectious Diseases (51330) with a WAM of at least 70 per cent in that course
MICR5845 Extended Research Project in Infectious Diseases Part 3
Contact hours
research: 16 hours per week
Students with an appropriate WAM also need approval from the Course Coordinator to enroll, which is dependent on a suitable project and appropriate supervision being available.
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.