This unit introduces students to a variety of issues, concepts, methods and techniques associated with IT research. Skills developed and knowledge acquired from this unit will prepare students to conduct their own research, as well as to be knowledgeable consumers of others research.
2 hrs lectures/wk, 2 hrs laboratories/wk
The workload commitment for on campus students for this unit is 12 hours per week. This includes:
ITW4001, IMS5036, IMS4036, BUS5000, CSE4910, GCO4010, CSE4650
Students must be enrolled in an FIT Honours degree, Masters degree or Research degree. Foundation knowledge in computer science, business information systems or information technology and systems fundamentals is assumed.
In-semester assessment (assignments and class tests): 100%
|Assessment Task||Value||Due Date|
|Assignment 1||30%||16 April 2012|
|Assignment 2||30%||18 May 2012|
|Assignment 3||40%||4 June 2012|
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The sequence and arrangement of topics has been changed from last semester. The aim is to more clearly identify the major research strategies. The objectives and assessment strategy of the unit have not been changed.
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Please check with your lecturer before purchasing any Required Resources. Prescribed texts are available for you to borrow in the library, and prescribed software is available in student labs.
Students may be required to use Web browsers, text processing, spread sheets and slide presentation packages to complete their assignments.
These are available in University computer labs.
|0||No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0|
|1||The Nature of Research|
|2||Research in Information Technology|
|7||Introduction to Data Analysis||Assignment 1 due 16 April 2012|
|8||Analysis of Quantitative Data 1|
|9||Analysis of Quantitative Data 2|
|10||Analysis of Qualitative Data|
|11||Literature Analysis||Assignment 2 due 18 May 2012|
|12||Communication of Research|
|SWOT VAC||No formal assessment is undertaken in SWOT VAC. Assignment 3 due 4 June 2012|
|Examination period||LINK to Assessment Policy: http://policy.monash.edu.au/policy-bank/
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The assignment will be assessed by:
Each of the tasks in this assignment will be awarded marks based on the ability to correctly perform the analysis/test, and interpret the findings (what do the findings indicate).
The assignment will be assessed by:
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All assignments should use APA style for referencing.
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Academic support services may be available for students who have a disability or medical condition. Registration with the Disability Liaison Unit is required. Further information is available as follows:
Zikmund, WG, Babin BJ, Carr JC, Griffin M. (2010). Business Research Methods (8th edition) South-Western (Cengage Learning). ISBN-13: 978-0-324-32062-6
Creswell, John W. (2009). Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods Approaches (3rd Edition). ISBN: 9781412965576
Neuman, W. Lawrence Neuman (2006). Social Research Methods: Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches, Pearson.
Lists of additional readings will be provided for each lecture. See Moodle for further details.