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FIT4186 - Honours thesis

18 points, SCA Band 2, 0.375 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Information Technology

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

Offered

Berwick First semester 2009 (Day)
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)
Gippsland First semester 2009 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2009 (Off-campus)
Gippsland Second semester 2009 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2009 (Off-campus)

Synopsis

This unit is a research unit and a requirement for the FIT Honours degrees. Due to the nature of IT, a wide range of Honours project types can be offered to students. Some project components are of a practical nature and may involve some software development and/or experimentation, while other components are of a more theoretical nature.



Objectives

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. Define 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.

Assessment

Research Proposal: 5%; Literature Review: 10%; Interim Presentation: hurdle; Final Presentation: 5%; Thesis (normally 10,000 - 20,000 words): 80%

Contact hours

Regular meetings with supervisor(s) over the course of the semester.

Prerequisites

Admission to the Bachelor of Computer Science (Honours) or Bachelor of Business Information Systems (Honours) or Bachelor of Information Technology and Systems (Honours) program.

Co-requisites

FIT4005

Prohibitions

CPE4000, CSE4000, GCO4000, IMS4000

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

http://www.infotech.monash.edu.au/units/fit4186/

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