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)


This unit is a research unit and a core requirement for the Bachelor of Software Engineering Honours stream. Due to the nature of IT, a wide range of Honours project 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.

This unit forms part of the sequence of units comprising the Honours thesis in the Faculty of Information Technology.

Two exit points exist for the Honours thesis, FIT4444 (24 pts) and FIT4448 (18 pts). The 24 credit point exit point is applicable to:

Bachelor of Business Information Systems (Honours), Bachelor of Computer Science (Honours), Honours degree of Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences, Bachelor of Information Technology and Systems (Honours) and Bachelor of Informatics and Computation Advanced (Honours).

The 18 credit point exit point is applicable to:

Honours stream in the Bachelor of Software Engineering.


On completion of the Honours thesis units, 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;
  3. evaluate and select research methods and techniques of data collection and analysis appropriate to particular research designs, projects and disciplines;
  4. conduct ethical research;
  5. communicate research findings in written and oral form in research and industry settings.


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 Honours program but the overall grade for the thesis will only be finalised on completion of either FIT4444 (24 pts) or FIT4448 (18 pts).

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)




CPE4000, CSE4000, IMS4000, FIT4126, FIT4186, FIT4246, FIT4606
Only available to students enrolled in the Honours stream of the Bachelor of Software Engineering.

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