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FIT4005

Faculty of Information Technology

Undergraduate, Postgraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate, Postgraduate
FacultyFaculty of Information Technology
OfferedClayton First semester 2014 (Day)
South Africa First semester 2014 (Day)
Caulfield Second semester 2014 (Day)

Synopsis

The aim of this unit is to prepare Honours students in the Faculty of IT to conduct research across the range of IT disciplines, including computer science, software engineering, information systems and information management.

It introduces students to major research philosophies and paradigms, the principles of research design, research ethics, and research methods and techniques of data collection and analysis appropriate to IT research and their discipline.

Skills developed and knowledge acquired from this unit will prepare students to conduct and communicate their own research, as well as to be knowledgeable and critical interpreters of others' research.

Outcomes

On completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  • identify and explain major research philosophies and paradigms;
  • design rigorous and ethical Bachelor Honours level research projects and develop project proposals;
  • evaluate and select research methods and techniques of data collection and analysis appropriate to particular research designs, projects and disciplines;
  • conduct ethical research;
  • communicate research findings in written and oral form in research and industry settings;
  • critically review research literature, research design and reported findings.

Assessment

In-semester assessment: 100%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • Two 2-hour workshops

(b.) Additional requirements (all students):

  • A minimum of 8 hours independent study per week for completing lab and project work, private study and revision.

Prerequisites

Foundation knowledge in computer science or business information systems or information technology and systems fundamentals.

Prohibitions

ITW4001, IMS5036, IMS4036, BUS5000, CSE4910, GCO4010, CSE4650, FIT5125, FIT5143, FIT5185, FIT5190

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