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FIT4441 Honours thesis part 1 - Semester 1, 2011

This unit is a research unit and a core unit for all FIT Honours degrees. 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.

Mode of Delivery

  • Berwick (Day)
  • Caulfield (Day)
  • Clayton (Day)
  • Gippsland (Day)
  • South Africa (Day)

Contact Hours

Regular meetings with supervisor(s) over the course of the semester.

Workload

The workload in this unit is equivalent to a 6 credit point unit, i.e. 12 hours study per week.

Contact hours will consist of regular meeting with your supervisor.

Unit Relationships

Prohibitions

CPE4000, CSE4000, IMS4000, FIT4126, FIT4186, FIT4246, FIT4606

Prerequisites

Admission to an FIT Honours program.

Chief Examiner

Michael Morgan

Campus Lecturer

Berwick

Dr Kirsten Ellis

Caulfield

Clayton

Dr Alan Dorin

Gippsland

Dr Madhu Chetty

South Africa

Dr Jacques Steyn

Learning Objectives

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.

Graduate Attributes

Monash prepares its graduates to be:
  1. responsible and effective global citizens who:
    1. engage in an internationalised world
    2. exhibit cross-cultural competence
    3. demonstrate ethical values
  2. critical and creative scholars who:
    1. produce innovative solutions to problems
    2. apply research skills to a range of challenges
    3. communicate perceptively and effectively

    Assessment Summary

    Research Proposal: 5%; Literature Review: 10%; Interim Presentation: hurdle; Final Presentation: 5%; Thesis (normally 10,000 - 20,000 words): 80%

    Assessment Task Value Due Date
    Research Proposal 5% of the 24 cpt or 18 cpt thesis Week 6, 3pm Friday
    Literature Review 10% of the 24 cpt or 18 cpt thesis Week 12, 3pm Friday
    Interim Presentation This is a no assessible hurdle requirement Week 12 at a seminar time to be scheduled.

    Teaching Approach

    Research activities
    Students will research an agreed thesis topic under the guidance of their supervisor and will receive feedback on their progress through regular meetings with their supervisor.

    Feedback

    Our feedback to You

    Types of feedback you can expect to receive in this unit are:
    • Other: Supervisor meetings and seminar presentations.

    Your feedback to Us

    Monash is committed to excellence in education and regularly seeks feedback from students, employers and staff. One of the key formal ways students have to provide feedback is through SETU, Student Evaluation of Teacher and Unit. The University's student evaluation policy requires that every unit is evaluated each year. Students are strongly encouraged to complete the surveys. The feedback is anonymous and provides the Faculty with evidence of aspects that students are satisfied and areas for improvement.

    For more information on Monash's educational strategy, and on student evaluations, see:
    http://www.monash.edu.au/about/monash-directions/directions.html
    http://www.policy.monash.edu/policy-bank/academic/education/quality/student-evaluation-policy.html

    Previous Student Evaluations of this unit

    If you wish to view how previous students rated this unit, please go to
    https://emuapps.monash.edu.au/unitevaluations/index.jsp

    Unit Schedule

    Week Date* Activities Assessment
    0 21/02/11 Students will research an agreed thesis topic under the guidance of their supervisor and will receive feedback on their progress through regular meetings with their supervisor. Thesis Topic selection
    1 28/02/11    
    2 07/03/11    
    3 14/03/11    
    4 21/03/11    
    5 28/03/11    
    6 04/04/11   Research Proposal 5% of the 24 cpt or 18 cpt thesis
    7 11/04/11    
    8 18/04/11    
    Mid semester break
    9 02/05/11    
    10 09/05/11    
    11 16/05/11    
    12 23/05/11   Literature Review 10% of the 24cpt thesis and Interim Presentation
      30/05/11 SWOT VAC No formal assessment is undertaken SWOT VAC

    *Please note that these dates may only apply to Australian campuses of Monash University. Off-shore students need to check the dates with their unit leader.

    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 50% then a mark of no greater than 49-N will be recorded for the unit

    Assessment Tasks

    Participation

    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 cpts) and FIT4448 (18 cpts).

    The 24 credit point exit point is applicable to:

    • Honours degree of Bachelor of Business Information Systems,
    • Honours degree of Bachelor of Computer Science,
    • Honours degree of Bachelor of Computing and Information Sciences,
    • Honours degree of Bachelor of Information Technology and Systems.

    The 18 credit point exit point is applicable to:

    • Honours stream in the Bachelor of Software Engineering.

    FIT4441 Honours Thesis Part 1 is a unit with an enrolled value of 6CP and 0CP achievable, taken over a single semester but forms the first part of a sequence of units that together allow a student to complete an Honours Thesis of 18 or 24 credit points. 

    These units include:

    • FIT4441 Honours Thesis Part 1
    • FIT4442 Honours Thesis Part 2
    • FIT4443 Honours Thesis Part 3
    • FIT4444 Honours Thesis Final (24 cpts) or FIT4448 Honours Thesis Final (18 cpts)

    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 cpts) or FIT4448 (18 cpts).

    Please refer to the Unit Guides for FIT4441, FIT4444 and FIT4448 for a description of the assessment items to be completed over the course of the Honours Thesis.

    The following components will be assessed during the course of this unit:


    Research Proposal: 5%; Literature Review: 10%; Interim Presentation: hurdle.

    • Assessment task 1
      Title:
      Research Proposal
      Description:
      Create a research proposal that clearly identifies the agreed research topic, identifies the problem being studied, and justifies the aims and significance of the project.

      The proposal should include a discussion of the research context and background, the proposed methodology, the research design and deliverables.

      The proposal should also be presented professionally with a standard of written expression appropriate to research publications in the field.
      Weighting:
      5% of the 24 cpt or 18 cpt thesis
      Criteria for assessment:

      Overall discussion of research to be undertaken for the topic - /80

      Overall report writing - /20

      Total - /100

      Due date:
      Week 6, 3pm Friday
    • Assessment task 2
      Title:
      Literature Review
      Description:
      Create a literature review baased on the agreed topic which provides a critical review of the key literature in the content area. The argument constructed should be presented in a coherent manner with the support of an adequate number of relevant and correctly formatted references.

      The review should be structured in an appropriate scientific format, and be clearly and concisely expressed.

      The presentation should be of a professional standard and include a title page, a table of contents, page numbering and references.
      Weighting:
      10% of the 24 cpt or 18 cpt thesis
      Criteria for assessment:

      Overall content, scope, depth of discussion - /70

      Overall organisation and presentation - /30

      Total - /100

      Due date:
      Week 12, 3pm Friday
    • Assessment task 3
      Title:
      Interim Presentation
      Description:
      Provide a 20 minute summary of the current progress of your research project to your peers.

      The seminar will be scheduled in week 12 of semester.
      Weighting:
      This is a no assessible hurdle requirement
      Criteria for assessment:

      Participation in a 20 minute seminar on the current progress of the research project is a hurdle requirement.

      Due date:
      Week 12 at a seminar time to be scheduled.

    Examinations

    Assignment submission

    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.

    Extensions and penalties

    Returning assignments

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    http://policy.monash.edu.au/policy-bank/academic/education/index.html

    Key educational policies include:

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