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FIT4186 Honours thesis - Semester 2, 2011

This unit is a research unit and a requirement for the 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)
  • Gippsland (Off-campus)

Contact Hours

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


The workload in this unit is equivalent to an 18 credit point unit, i.e. 36 hours study per week.

Contact hours will consist of regular meeting with your supervisor.

Unit Relationships


CPE4000, CSE4000, IMS4000


Admission to the Bachelor of Computer Science (Honours) or Bachelor of Business Information Systems (Honours) or Bachelor of Information Technology and Systems (Honours) program.

Chief Examiner

Campus Lecturer


Dr Kirsten Ellis


Dr Michael Morgan


Dr Alan Dorin


Dr Gour Karmakar

Academic Overview

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
Final Presentation 5% of the 24 cpt or 18 cpt thesis Week 14, at a seminar time to be scheduled.
Honours Thesis (10,000 to 20,000 words) 80% of the 24 cpt or 18 cpt thesis Week 15, 3pm Friday

Teaching Approach

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


Our feedback to You

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

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Unit Schedule

Week Activities Assessment
0 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. No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0
12   Final Presentation: due Week 14, 5% and the Thesis: due Week 15, 80%
  SWOT VAC No formal assessment is undertaken SWOT VAC
  Examination period LINK to Assessment Policy:

*Unit Schedule details will be maintained and communicated to you via your MUSO (Blackboard or Moodle) learning system.

Assessment Requirements

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.

FIT4186 Honours Thesis is a unit with an enrolled value of 18 cpts and 0 cpt 0r 24 cpts 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 cpts. 

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:

Final Presentation: 5%; Thesis (normally 10,000 - 20,000 words): 80%

  • Assessment task 1
    Final Presentation
    Present a 20 minute presentation on your research project to your peers with an additional 10 minute question period.

    The presentation should clearly identify the research problem, significance and aims. The background research context should be outlined and the research approach and method clearly defined.

    The research outcomes and possible avenues for further research should be presented.

    The presentation should be well structured and concisely delivered.

    The presented will also be required to answer questions raised by their peers and the lecturing staff.
    5% of the 24 cpt or 18 cpt thesis
    Criteria for assessment:

    Content and Structure of Presentation - /70

    Presentation Delivery - /30

    Total - /100

    Due date:
    Week 14, at a seminar time to be scheduled.
  • Assessment task 2
    Honours Thesis (10,000 to 20,000 words)
    Submit an Honours Thesis of 10,000 to 20,000 words that describes your research.

    The thesis should be well structured and contain: an abstract, table of contents and correct referencing.

    It will provide a clear description of the objectives of the project, will include a comprehensive literature review, and describe the methodology used.

    The thesis will provide a good analysis of the evaluation of results, and contain the correct grammar and expression.

    The presentation of the thesis document will be consistent with the standard expected of academic writing in the field.
    80% of the 24 cpt or 18 cpt thesis
    Criteria for assessment:

    Difficulty of task - /10

    Quality and substance of report consistent with presentation - /40

    Achievement - /50

    Total - /100

    Due date:
    Week 15, 3pm Friday


Assignment submission

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