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FIT5000 - Minor thesis extension

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Information Technology

Leader(s): Dr Grace Rumantir (Caulfield); Dr Nandita Bhattacharjee (Clayton)


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


FIT5000 is an administrative extension unit for all FIT coursework masters minor thesis degrees, where appropriate. FIT5000 is a '6' credit point enrolled, '0' credit point achievable (administrative) unit. FIT5000 is taken in the final stage of the degree and students are not permitted to enrol in this unit more than once.


On completion of the unit, students should be able to demonstrate:

  1. Thorough knowledge of their research topic and the wider research domain.
  2. A sound understanding of research approaches and methods, and how to resolve research problems and issues.
  3. Well honed skills in critical thinking, analysis, evaluation and synthesis.

After completing this unit, students should have developed attitudes of:
  1. Confidence in their ability to undertake independent research, and to plan and execute an individual research project.
  2. Appreciating the significance and contributions of a research culture in both academic and workplace contexts.

After completing this unit, students should be able to plan and undertake rigorous independent research, and in particular have the skills to:
  1. Locate relevant research literature, and critically analyse and evaluate published research findings.
  2. Identify open problems in current research and promising new research directions, and from this to define a viable research topic.
  3. Develop a sound research design and feasible research project plan and schedule.
  4. Communicate effectively research results in a variety of forms, including informal oral presentations, written reports, seminar presentations and poster presentations.

Although research projects are carried out individually, students will be part of a wider research group, with whom they will interact regularly, and participate in research seminars and discussions. After completing this unit, students should be able to:
  1. Communicate research ideas effectively in formal or informal contexts.
  2. Collaborate effectively with others involved in a research project (supervisors, research colleagues, industry collaborators).


Presentation and final thesis (normally 15,000 - 20,000 words): 100%

Contact hours

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


Students must be enrolled in a Faculty of IT coursework masters degree. Enrolment in this unit may be permitted only after completion of 24 points of minor thesis for a 24-point Minor Thesis degree or 36 points of minor thesis for a 36-point Minor Thesis degree. Course Co-ordinator approval is required.
Prerequisite Knowledge: Research methods and a sound understanding of the research topic area.


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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