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FIT5000 Minor thesis extension - Semester 2, 2013

FIT5000 is an extension unit for all FIT coursework masters minor thesis degrees, where appropriate. Entry only available on approval by the Associate Dean (Education) where exceptional circumstances have been determined.

Mode of Delivery

  • Caulfield (Day)
  • Clayton (Day)

Contact Hours

Varies according to remaining requirements. To be determined by Supervisor/Co-ordinator.

Workload requirements

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

Students are not permitted to enrol in this unit more than once.

Prerequisites

Associate Dean (Education) approval required.

Prerequisite Knowledge: Research methods and a sound understanding of the research topic area.

Chief Examiner

Campus Lecturer

Caulfield

Dr Tom Denison

Clayton

Dr David Squire

Academic Overview

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this unit students will have -A knowledge and understanding of:
  • their research topic and the wider research domain.
  • research approaches and methods, and how to resolve research problems and issues.
  • well honed skills in critical thinking, analysis, evaluation and synthesis.
Developed attitudes that enable them to:
  • have confidence in their ability to undertake independent research, and to plan and execute an individual research project.
  • appreciate the significance and contributions of a research culture in both academic and workplace contexts.
Developed the skills to:
  • plan and undertake rigorous independent research;
  • locate relevant research literature, and critically analyse and evaluate published research findings;
  • identify open problems in current research and promising new research directions, and from this to define a viable research topic;
  • develop a sound research design and feasible research project plan and schedule;
  • communicate effectively research results in a variety of forms, including informal oral presentations, written reports, seminar presentations and poster presentations.
Although research projects are carried out individually, students will be part of a wider research group, with whom they will interact regularly, and participate in research seminars and discussions. At the completion of the unit students will have demonstrated the communication and teamwork skills necessary to:
  • communicate research ideas effectively in formal or informal contexts;
  • collaborate effectively with others involved in a research project (supervisors, research colleagues, industry collaborators).

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
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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

Presentation and final thesis (normally 15,000 - 20,000 words): 100%

Teaching Approach

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

This unit forms part of the sequence of units comprising the Minor Thesis thesis in the Faculty of Information Technology and allows students who have been delayed in their studies time to complete their thesis.

FIT5000 Minor Thesis Extension is taken over a single semester but forms the final part of a sequence of units that together allow a student to complete a Minor Thesis of 24 cpts. 

These units include:

  • FIT5551 Minor Thesis Part 1
  • FIT5552 Minor Thesis Part 2
  • FIT5553 Minor Thesis Part 3
  • FIT5554 Minor Thesis Final (24 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%

Please refer to the Unit Guides for FIT5551 and FIT5554 for a description of the assessment items to be completed over the course of the Minor Thesis.

The following components will be assessed during the course of this unit:

The student will be required to complete any outstanding assessment items, normally these will consist of the Final Presentation: 5%; Thesis (normally 10,000 - 20,000 words): 80%

Learning resources

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:
  • Other: Supervisor meetings and seminar presentations

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). Please note that it is your responsibility to retain copies of your assessments.

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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