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FIT5017 - Minor thesis

12 points, SCA Band 2, 0.250 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)


FIT5017 is an optional research/thesis unit for FIT coursework masters degrees, taken in the final stage of the Masters Professional or Masters course. While FIT5014 is a 24-point unit taken in a single semester, FIT5017 is a component of the 24-point Minor Thesis taken over more than one semester.


Before enrolling in the unit, students need:

  1. to have prior approval from their course coordinator; and
  2. 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:
  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 : 100%

Contact hours

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; FIT5017 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 and Master of Information Technology courses, 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 (Honours) 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).

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

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