FIT5014 - Minor thesis
24 points, SCA Band 2, 0.500 EFTSL
Postgraduate Faculty of Information Technology
Leader(s): Dr Grace Rumantir (Caulfield ; Dr Nandita Bhattacharjee (Clayton); Dr Iqbal Gondal (Gippsland)
Caulfield First semester 2009 (Day)
Caulfield Second semester 2009 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2009 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2009 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2009 (Off-campus)
Gippsland Second semester 2009 (Off-campus)
This unit is an optional research/thesis unit for FIT coursework masters degrees, taken in the final stage of the Masters Professional or Masters course. FIT5014 is a 24-point unit taken over a single semester. It is also possible to take the 24-point Minor Thesis over more than one semester by enrolling in units that collectively comprise 24 points, ie FIT5016 (6 points); FIT5017 (12 points); and FIT5018 (18 points).
Before enrolling in the unit, students need:
- to have prior approval from their course coordinator; and
- to have reached agreement with a potential supervisor about a research area/feasible research topic for their Minor Thesis project.
On completion of the unit, students should be able to demonstrate:
- Thorough knowledge of their research topic and the wider research domain.
- A sound understanding of research approaches and methods, and how to resolve research problems and issues.
- Well honed skills in critical thinking, analysis, evaluation and synthesis.
After completing this unit, students should have developed attitudes of:
- Confidence in their ability to undertake independent research, and to plan and execute an individual research project.
- 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:
- Locate relevant research literature, and critically analyse and evaluate published research findings.
- Identify open problems in current research and promising new research directions, and from this to define a viable research topic.
- Develop a sound research design and feasible research project plan and schedule.
- 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:
- Communicate research ideas effectively in formal or informal contexts.
- Collaborate effectively with others involved in a research project (supervisors, research colleagues, industry collaborators).
Presentation and final thesis: 100%
Regular meetings with supervisor(s) over the course of the unit enrolment
Students must be enrolled in a Faculty of IT Masters (Honours), Masters Professional or Masters (Minor Thesis) course or the Master of Information Technology degree; FIT5014 is to be taken in the final stage of the course.
In undertaking the Minor Thesis students must have: (1) their course leader's approval to enrol in the unit; and (2) completed/enrolled concurrently in FIT4005 IT research methods. In addition, the following rules apply:
+ in the Masters Professional courses and Master of Information Technology, students must have completed at least 24 points of level 5 units in their degree and attained a Distinction average on their Masters coursework; and
+ in the Master of Information Technology degree students must have completed at least 24 points of level 5 units in their degree.
FIT4005, taken in the first semester of enrolment (only in cases where enrolment in the Minor Thesis extends over more than one semester).