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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Information Technology
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2011 (Day)
Caulfield Second semester 2011 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2011 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2011 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2011 (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.


At the completion of this unit students will have -
A knowledge and understanding of:

  • their research topic and the wider research domain.
  • research approaches and methods, and how to resolve research problems and issues.
  • well honed skills in critical thinking, analysis, evaluation and synthesis.
Developed attitudes that enable them to:
  • have confidence in their ability to undertake independent research, and to plan and execute an individual research project.
  • appreciate the significance and contributions of a research culture in both academic and workplace contexts.
Developed the skills to:
  • plan and undertake rigorous independent research;
  • 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. At the completion of the unit students will have demonstrated the communication and teamwork skills necessary 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 (normally 15,000 - 20,000 words): 100%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Michael Morgan

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.