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Dr Steve Wright
Senior Lecturer
Phone: +61 3 990 32994

Lecturer(s) / Leader(s):


Dr Steve Wright
Senior Lecturer
Phone: +61 3 990 32994


Supervisor (Approved by Rodney Martin)


FIT5108 is an elective reading unit introduced as part of the Master of Business System and Master of Information Management System degrees in the Faculty of Information Technology (FIT).

Unit synopsis

This unit enables students to read widely in a relevant topic within the fields of information technology, information systems or information management, under supervision. It may be an area not offered in any other fifth-year level unit, or involve building more in-depth knowledge in an area with which they already have some familiarity. Students enrolling in this unit must have the approval of the Head of School or their nominee. Details for the reading unit will be defined and approved individually for each student and will include objectives, assessment and an initial reading list. Assessment comprises a research paper or review (6000-10,000 words), project report, or equivalent.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit students will have:

  1. Gained in-depth understanding of a relevant topic of interest that enhances their prior studies;
  2. Developed their ability to analyse and synthesise and construct arguments from a range of published sources;
  3. Developed skills at critiquing and evaluating others' ideas, opinions and arguments;
  4. Learnt to work effectively in a close, cooperative relationship with a supervisor;
  5. Enhanced their skills as independent learners, demonstrating self-reliance and effective time management.

Contact hours

Students meet weekly with their supervisors for approximately 30 minutes to set goals and report on achievements and difficulties.


Workload requirement is approximately 12 hours per week for 13 weeks. The precise subdivision of the hours will be determined by the supervisor.

Unit relationships


24 points of Graduate units from the Faculty of Information Technology


IMS5021, BUS5010


FIT5108 is an elective unit in the Master of Business Systems and Master of Information Management System in the Faculty of Information Technology.

You may not study this unit and IMS5021, BUS5010 in your degree.

Teaching and learning method

Regular meetings with supervisor over the course of one semester. Supervisor will guide and monitor the student's research work and discuss progress, difficulties and outcomes during these meetings. Supervisor will also require student to submit regular written work and interim reports on research topic.

Timetable information

For information on timetabling for on-campus classes please refer to MUTTS, http://mutts.monash.edu.au/MUTTS/

Tutorial allocation

On-campus students should register for tutorials/laboratories using the Allocate+ system: http://allocate.cc.monash.edu.au/

Unit Resources

Prescribed text(s) and readings

There are no prescribed texts.

Recommended text(s) and readings

To be recommended by the supervisor according to the chosen topic.

Equipment and consumables required or provided

Students studying off-campus are required to have the minimum system configuration specified by the Faculty as a condition of accepting admission, and regular Internet access. On-campus students, and those studying at supported study locations may use the facilities available in the computing labs. Information about computer use for students is available from the ITS Student Resource Guide in the Monash University Handbook. You will need to allocate up to n hours per week for use of a computer, including time for newsgroups/discussion groups.

Study resources

Study resources we will provide for your study are:

To be recommended by the supervisor according to the chosen topic.



Research assignment: 100%

Faculty assessment policy

To pass a unit which includes an examination as part of the assessment a student must obtain:

  • 40% or more in the unit's examination, and
  • 40% or more in the unit's total non-examination assessment, and
  • an overall unit mark of 50% or more.

If a student does not achieve 40% or more in the unit examination or the unit non-examination total assessment, and the total mark for the unit is greater than 44% then a mark of no greater than 44-N will be recorded for the unit.

Research paper or review (6,000-10,000 words) and project or equivalent: 100%.

In order to pass the unit, a student must gain at least 50% of the total marks for the unit.

Assignment tasks

Assignment coversheets

Assignment coversheets are available via "Student Forms" on the Faculty website: http://www.infotech.monash.edu.au/resources/student/forms/
You MUST submit a completed coversheet with all assignments, ensuring that the plagiarism declaration section is signed.

Assignment submission and return procedures, and assessment criteria will be specified with each assignment.

  • Assignment task 1
    Reading unit
    Research paper or review (6,000-10,000 words) and project or equivalent: 100%.
    Due date:

Due dates and extensions

Please make every effort to submit work by the due dates. It is your responsibility to structure your study program around assignment deadlines, family, work and other commitments. Factors such as normal work pressures, vacations, etc. are not regarded as appropriate reasons for granting extensions. Students are advised to NOT assume that granting of an extension is a matter of course.

Students requesting an extension for any assessment during semester (eg. Assignments, tests or presentations) are required to submit a Special Consideration application form (in-semester exam/assessment task), along with original copies of supporting documentation, directly to their lecturer within two working days before the assessment submission deadline. Lecturers will provide specific outcomes directly to students via email within 2 working days. The lecturer reserves the right to refuse late applications.

A copy of the email or other written communication of an extension must be attached to the assignment submission.

Refer to the Faculty Special consideration webpage or further details and to access application forms: http://www.infotech.monash.edu.au/resources/student/equity/special-consideration.html

Late assignment

To be determined by supervisor.

Return dates

Students can expect assignments to be returned within two weeks of the submission date or after receipt, whichever is later.


Please visit the following URL: http://www.infotech.monash.edu.au/units/appendix.html for further information about:

  • Continuous improvement
  • Unit evaluations
  • Communication, participation and feedback
  • Library access
  • Monash University Studies Online (MUSO)
  • Plagiarism, cheating and collusion
  • Register of counselling about plagiarism
  • Non-discriminatory language
  • Students with disability
  • End of semester special consideration / deferred exams
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