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FIT4008

Faculty of Information Technology

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Information Technology
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2015 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2015 (Day)
Caulfield Second semester 2015 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2015 (Day)

Synopsis

This unit is a research unit and an elective unit for the Honours degrees of the Faculty of IT. 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).

Outcomes

At the completion of this unit students will have:

  • demonstrated knowledge and understanding in the area of their chosen research project;
  • acquired necessary skills to plan and undertake rigorous independent research;
  • acquired comprehensive research skills in the IT field;
  • developed the capacity to engage in critical thinking and analysis;
  • demonstrated the ability to communicate research activities and findings.

Developed attitudes that enable them to:

  • have confidence in their ability to undertake independent and individual research;
  • have confidence in their ability to plan and execute an individual research project;

Developed the skills to:

  • find and analyse current research literature;
  • critically evaluate research findings;
  • identify open problems in current research;
  • identify promising new research directions based on previous results;
  • define feasible projects based on such problems;
  • set realistic timelines and intermediate deliverables for a research project;
  • communicate research results in a variety of forms, including informal oral presentations, written reports, seminar presentations and poster presentations.

Demonstrated the communication skills necessary to:

  • communicate research ideas effectively in oral and written form;
  • collaborate effectively with their supervisor.

Assessment

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.

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Chief examiner(s)

Prerequisites

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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