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FIT4000 - Honours thesis extension

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Information Technology

Leader(s): Dr Grace Rumantir (Caulfield); Associate Professor Ann Nicholson (Clayton)


Berwick Second semester 2009 (Day)
Caulfield First semester 2009 (Day)
Caulfield Second semester 2009 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2009 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2009 (Day)


Administrative Honours Extension unit.


On completion of the unit students should :

  1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding in the area of their chosen research project.
  2. Acquire necessary skills to plan and undertake rigorous independent research.
  3. Acquire comprehensive research skills in the IT field.
  4. Develop the capacity to engage in critical thinking and analysis.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to communicate research activities and findings.

Each prospective Honours student should reach an agreement with a potential supervisor about a research area for, and feasibility of, Honours project before enrolling in the course. The student and supervisor will agree on a project which is interesting for both parties. After completing this unit, students should have developed attitudes of:
  1. Confidence in their ability to undertake independent and individual research.
  2. Confidence in their ability to plan and execute an individual research project.

After completing this unit, students should have the skills to:
  1. Find and analyse current research literature.
  2. Critically evaluate research findings.
  3. Identify open problems in current research.
  4. Identify promising new research directions based on previous results.
  5. feasible projects based on such problems.
  6. Set realistic timelines and intermediate deliverables for a research project.
  7. Communicate research results in a variety of forms, including informal oral presentations, written reports, seminar presentations and poster presentations.

Although the projects are carried out separately as individuals, the students are allocated computers and offices in a shared, common area (for the group of honours students). The students are encouraged to communicate, discuss problems and difficulties among themselves. The honours students also get the opportunity to mix with and communicate with PhD and Masters research students of the faculty.
After completing this unit, students should be able to:
  1. Communicate research ideas effectively in oral and written form.
  2. Collaborate effectively with their supervisor.


Presentation and final thesis (normally 10,000 - 20,000 words): 100%

Contact hours

Varies according to remaining requirements. To be determined by Supervisor/Co-ordinator


Admission into the FIT Honours program. Course Coordinator approval required.


Students are not permitted to enrol in this unit more than once.

Additional information on this unit is available from the faculty at:

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