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FIT5108 Reading unit - Semester 1, 2013

This unit enables students to read widely in a relevant topic within the fields of information technology, information systems or information management, under supervision. It may cover an area not offered in any other fifth-year level unit, or involve building greater in-depth knowledge in an area with which they already have some familiarity. Details for the reading unit will be defined and approved individually for each student and will include objectives, assessment details, due dates and an initial reading list. Assessment comprises a research paper or review (6000-10,000 words), project report, or equivalent. Enrolment into Reading Units and allocation of a supervising academic will be approved by the Associate Dean (Education).

Mode of Delivery

Caulfield (Day)

Contact Hours

Students meet weekly with their supervisors for approximately 30 minutes to set goals and report on achievements and difficulties.

Workload requirements

Workload requirement is approximately 12 hours per week for 12 weeks. The precise subdivision of the hours will be determined by the supervisor.

Unit Relationships

Prohibitions

IMS5021, BUS5010

Prerequisites

Completion of 24 points of graduate units from FIT.
Entry to this unit is subject to approval of the Associate Dean Education (ADE), on the advice of the relevant Masters Program Leader. An application form is required.

Chief Examiner

Campus Lecturer

Caulfield

Steven Wright

Academic Overview

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this unit students will:
  • gain detailed knowledge and in-depth understanding of a topic of interest to the student; which is not formally taught, but would be regarded as relevant to and enhancing the students studies;
  • develop an ability to analyse and synthesise and construct arguments from a range of published sources;
  • develop skills at critiquing and evaluating others ideas, opinions and arguments;
  • demonstrate a willingness to present ideas for scrutiny to a supervisor;
  • demonstrate a willingness and an ability to accept criticism of ideas.;
  • appreciate the nature and demands of independent research.
  • learn self-reliance and time management skills in order to gain greater independence as a learner;
  • learn to work effectively in a close, cooperative relationship with a supervisor.

Unit Schedule

Week Activities Assessment
0   No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0
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  SWOT VAC No formal assessment is undertaken in 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 learning system.

Assessment Summary

Research assignment: 100%

Assessment Task Value Due Date
Reading unit 100% To be negotiated

Teaching Approach

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

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

Participation

  • Assessment task 1
    Title:
    Reading unit
    Description:
    Research paper or review (6,000-10,000 words) and project or equivalent: 100%.
    Weighting:
    100%
    Criteria for assessment:

    To be specified by the supervisor.

    Due date:
    To be negotiated

Learning resources

Reading list

To be recommended by the supervisor according to the chosen topic.

Monash Library Unit Reading List
http://readinglists.lib.monash.edu/index.html

Feedback to you

Types of feedback you can expect to receive in this unit are:
  • Informal feedback on progress in labs/tutes
  • Graded assignments with comments

Extensions and penalties

Returning assignments

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 learning system for this unit, which you can access via links in the my.monash portal.

Other Information

Policies

Graduate Attributes Policy

Student services

Monash University Library

Disability Liaison Unit

Students who have a disability or medical condition are welcome to contact the Disability Liaison Unit to discuss academic support services. Disability Liaison Officers (DLOs) visit all Victorian campuses on a regular basis.

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