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FIT4441 Honours thesis part 1 - Semester 2, 2012

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

  • Caulfield (Day)
  • Clayton (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 meetings with your supervisor.

Unit Relationships

Prohibitions

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

Co-requisites

FIT4005

Prerequisites

Admission to an FIT Honours program.

Chief Examiner

Campus Lecturer

Berwick

Dr Kirsten Ellis

Caulfield

Dr Campbell Wilson

Clayton

Dr Alan Dorin

Gippsland

Dr Gour Karmakar

South Africa

Dr Neil Manson

Academic Overview

Outcomes

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 in the first semester of candidature (or the first available week day previous to this date if the Friday falls on a University holiday)
Literature Review 10% of the 24 cpt or 18 cpt thesis Week 14 **, 3pm Friday in the first semester of candidature (or the first available week day previous to this date if the Friday falls on a University holiday) (** Students who are enrolled in a full time load but in only one 6 cpt thesis unit in the first semester of their Honours program may apply for an extension of up to 3 weeks to the submission date of this assessment task.)
Interim Presentation This is a no assessable hurdle requirement Week 14 in the first semester of candidature at a 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 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. Thesis Topic selection
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6   Research Proposal - 5% of the 24 cpt or 18 cpt thesis. Due 3pm Friday in the first semester of candidature (or the first available week day previous to this date if the Friday falls on a University holiday)
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12   Literature Review ** (Due week 14) 10% of the 24cpt thesis and Interim Presentation (** Students who are enrolled in a full time load but in only one 6 cpt thesis unit in the first semester of their Honours program may apply for an extension of up to 3 weeks to the submission date of this assessment task.)
  SWOT VAC No formal assessment is undertaken SWOT VAC
  Examination period LINK to Assessment Policy: http://policy.monash.edu.au/policy-bank/
academic/education/assessment/
assessment-in-coursework-policy.html

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

Assessment Requirements

Assessment Policy

Faculty Policy - Unit Assessment Hurdles (http://www.infotech.monash.edu.au/resources/staff/edgov/policies/assessment-examinations/unit-assessment-hurdles.html)

Academic Integrity - Please see the Demystifying Citing and Referencing tutorial at http://lib.monash.edu/tutorials/citing/

Assessment Tasks

Hurdle Requirements

Week 14 - Interim Presentation - This is a non-assessable hurdle requirement

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 6 cpts and 0 cpt 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:

  • 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:(approximately 3000 words) 5%;
  • Literature Review:(approximately 6000 words) 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 (approximately 3000 words) 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 in the first semester of candidature (or the first available week day previous to this date if the Friday falls on a University holiday)
  • Assessment task 2
    Title:
    Literature Review
    Description:
    Create a literature review (approximately 6000 words) based on the agreed topic, which provides a critical review of the key literature in the content area. The argument constructed should be coherent and supported by an adequate number of relevant and correctly formatted references. The review should be structured in an appropriate scientific format, and it should be clearly and concisely expressed. The presentation should be of a professional standard and include a title page, 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 14 **, 3pm Friday in the first semester of candidature (or the first available week day previous to this date if the Friday falls on a University holiday) (** Students who are enrolled in a full time load but in only one 6 cpt thesis unit in the first semester of their Honours program may apply for an extension of up to 3 weeks to the submission date of this assessment task.)
  • Assessment task 3
    Title:
    Interim Presentation
    Description:
    Provide a 20 minute (usually 15 mins present + 5 mins questions) summary of the current progress of your research project to your peers. The seminar will be scheduled in week 14 of semester.
    Weighting:
    This is a no assessable 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 14 in the first semester of candidature at a time to be scheduled.

Assignment submission

It is a University requirement (http://www.policy.monash.edu/policy-bank/academic/education/conduct/plagiarism-procedures.html) for students to submit an assignment coversheet for each assessment item. Faculty Assignment coversheets can be found at http://www.infotech.monash.edu.au/resources/student/forms/. Please check with your Lecturer on the submission method for your assignment coversheet (e.g. attach a file to the online assignment submission, hand-in a hard copy, or use an online quiz).

Online submission

If Electronic Submission has been approved for your unit, please submit your work via the VLE site for this unit, which you can access via links in the my.monash portal.

Extensions and penalties

Returning assignments

Other Information

Policies

Student services

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  • Website: http://monash.edu/equity-diversity/disability/index.html;
  • Email: dlu@monash.edu
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