Faculty of Information Technology

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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


Information Technology



  • First semester 2016 (Day)
  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


  • First semester 2016 (Day)
  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


This unit is a research unit and an elective unit for the Honours degrees of the Faculty of Information Technology. Due to the nature of the area of IT, a wide range of reading unit types can be offered to students. Some project components are of a practical nature and may involve some software development and/or experimentation, while other components are of a more theoretical nature. Details for the reading unit will be defined and approved individually for each student and will include objectives, assessment details, due dates and an initial reading list. Assessment comprises a research paper or review (6000-10,000 words), project report, or equivalent. Enrolment into reading units and allocation of a supervising academic will be approved by the Associate Dean (Education).


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

  1. design a rigorous Bachelor Honours level research project and develop project proposal;
  2. critically review research literature, research design and reported findings;

evaluate and select research methods and techniques of data collection and analysis appropriate to particular research designs, projects and disciplines;

  1. conduct ethical research;
  2. communicate research findings in written and oral form in research and industry settings.


Assessment is determined by the supervisor. Assessment can include a written report or written formal exam. The student may also be required to present the findings of the research undertaken.

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week. Students will be expected to hold regular meetings with supervisor(s) over the course of the semester.

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)


Admission to the Bachelor of Computer Science (Honours) or Bachelor of Business Information Systems (Honours) or Bachelor of Information Technology and Systems (Honours) program. Enrolment in FIT4008 is subject to the approval of the ADE on the advice of the relevant Honours program leaders.

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