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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 due Friday at 3pm - 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 due Friday at 3pm - 10% of the 24 cpt or 18 cpt 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


This unit forms part of the sequence of units comprising the Honours thesis in the Faculty of Information Technology for students enrolled prior to 2011.

Two exit points exist for the Honours thesis, when student attain 24 cpts or 18 cpts. Students enrolled prior to 2011 will select a combination of units resulting in the required credit point total.

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 Information Technology and Systems.

The 18 credit point exit point is applicable to:

  • Honours stream in the Bachelor of Software Engineering.

FIT4606 Honours Thesis 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:

  • FIT4606 Honours Thesis (6 cpts)
  • FIT4126 Honours Thesis (12 cpts)
  • FIT4186 Honours Thesis (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 24 cpts or 18 cpts.

Please refer to the Unit Guides for FIT4606, FIT4126 and FIT4186 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
    Research Proposal
    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.
    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
    Literature Review
    Create a literature review based 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.
    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


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.

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