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FIT4003 - Software engineering research project

12 points, SCA Band 2, 0.250 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Information Technology

Leader(s): Associate Professor Ann Nicholson


Clayton Full year 2009 (Day)
Clayton Second semester to First semester 2009 (Day)


This unit introduces the student to independent research. Most projects are software-oriented, although some projects may be purely theoretical and others may involve hardware work.


Upon successful completion of the unit the student will also have acquired general core research skills, including how to:

  1. find and analyse current research literature;
  2. critically evaluate research findings, including critical argument analysis and statistical analysis of experimental results;
  3. identify open problems in current research;
  4. identify promising new research directions based on previous results
define feasible projects based on such problems;
  1. set realistic timelines and intermediate deliverables for a medium-scale project
conduct such a project, including time and resource management, intermediate evaluations of results and re-assessment of original aims;
5. communicate research results in a variety of forms, including informal oral presentations, written reports, seminar presentations, poster presentations and web sites;
6. collaborate effectively in a (small) research team


Research Proposal (5%), Literature Review (10%), mid-year interim presentation (hurdle), Final report & presentation (85%)

Contact hours

Lecture/seminar: 2hrs/week


Entry to the Bachelor of Software Engineering Honours stream. By invitation only.


FIT4013, FIT4126, FIT4186, FIT4246, FIT4606.

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

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