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FIT4013 - Software engineering research project

24 points, SCA Band 2, 0.500 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Information Technology

Leader(s): 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 completion of this unit students will 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;
  5. define feasible projects based on such problems;
  6. 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;
  1. communicate research results in a variety of forms, including informal oral presentations, written reports, seminar presentations, poster presentations and web sites;
  2. 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.


FIT4003, FIT4126, FIT4186, FIT4246, FIT4606.

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

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