Faculty of Information Technology

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2013 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Information Technology
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2013 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2013 (Day)
Caulfield Second semester 2013 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2013 (Day)


This unit is a research/thesis unit for FIT Masters (Honours) degrees, taken in the final stage of the Masters (Honours) course.

Before enrolling in the unit, students need to have reached agreement with a potential supervisor about a research area/feasible research topic for their Minor Thesis project.


At the completion of this unit students will have made substantial and measurable progress towards -

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).


At the completion of the requirements for the thesis the following components of assessment will be completed:

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

These assessment tasks will be completed over the course of several units in the Minor Thesis program but the overall grade for the thesis will only be finalised on completion of FIT5554 (24pts).

Chief examiner(s)

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) degree.



FIT5014, FIT5016, FIT5017, FIT5018

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