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FIT6022 Advanced research methods 2 - Semester 2, 2013

The aim of the unit is to prepare PhD candidates from the Faculty of IT to conduct research across the range of the disciplines that cover Information and Communication Technology (ICT) research, including computer science, software engineering, at the technical end, and organisational and social informatics, which address societal needs in ICT.

The unit comprises a set of five workshops, which address the broad philosophical, methodological and ethical underpinnings of conducting research in ICT, as well as classical and modern approaches to designing data collection and analysis for rigorous and sophisticated ICT research studies.

Mode of Delivery

  • Caulfield (Day)
  • Clayton (Day)

Contact Hours

Each workshop has seven hours of face-to-face contact plus 24 hours of individual study time.

Workload requirements

You are expected to spend 3.5 hours per week participating in workshop activities and 12 hours per week in reading, preparing for workshops completing learning tasks, communicating with other students and workshop leaders in discussion forums, and undertaking formal assessment work.

Unit Relationships

Prerequisites

FIT4005 or FIT5185

Chief Examiner

Campus Lecturer

Caulfield

Professor Sue McKemmish

Consultation hours: By appointment. Use email to arrange appointments.

Professor Julie Fisher

Consultation hours: By appointment. Use email to arrange appointments.

Clayton

Professor David Green

Consultation hours: By appointment. Use email to arrange appointments.

Associate Professor Kevin Korb

Consultation hours: By appointment. Use email to arrange appointments.

Academic Overview

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:
  • design rigorous and ethical research studies;
  • conduct high quality independent ICT research;
  • assess research design across a range of research strategies and paradigms;
  • consider and evaluate appropriate data collection instruments, and sampling strategies to fit the research purpose;
  • understand the key principles of ethical and professional research conduct;
  • understand the key principles of research presentation.

Unit Schedule

Week Activities Assessment
0 The unit comprises five workshops. Each workshop runs over two weeks. Students choose from a list of available workshops. The list is available via the Moodle site for this unit. Each workshop will include an associated assessable task. Details are available via the Moodle site for this unit.
1 Introduction to the Workshops  
2 Workshop  
3 Workshop  
4 Workshop  
5 Workshop  
6 Workshop  
7 Workshop  
8 Workshop  
9 Workshop  
10 Workshop  
11 Workshop  
12 Review of the Workshops  
  SWOT VAC No formal assessment is undertaken during 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

In-semester assessment: 100%

Each workshop will include an associated assessable task, which will comprise a portfolio of results to contribute 20% to the final assessment. These will comprise written and oral presentations to be performed individually and/or in groups. To pass this unit, students must achieve at least a total mark of 70% from five workshops, and must achieve at least 50% in each workshop.

Assessment Task Value Due Date
Workshop Portfolio 1 20% Details are available via the Moodle site.
Workshop Portfolio 2 20% Details are available via the Moodle site.
Workshop Portfolio 3 20% Details are provided on the Moodle site.
Workshop Portfolio 4 20% Details are available via the Moodle site.
Workshop Portfolio 5 20% Details are available via the Moodle site.

Teaching Approach

Workshops
Workshops will include presentations which address the broad philosophical, methodological and ethical underpinnings of conducting research in ICT, as well as individual and group learning activities relating to  classical and modern approaches to designing data collection and analysis for rigorous and sophisticated ICT research studies

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

To pass this unit, students must achieve at least a total mark of 70% from five workshops, and must achieve at least 50% in each workshop.

Participation

Participation in five workshops and workshop-related activities is required. Participation will be judged by criteria relating to the assessments associated with each workshop.

  • Assessment task 1
    Title:
    Workshop Portfolio 1
    Description:
    Each workshop will include an associated assessable task, which will comprise a portfolio of assessable activities. These will comprise individual and group written submissions and oral presentations. Details of the portfolio activities for each workshop are available via the Moodle site.
    Weighting:
    20%
    Criteria for assessment:

    Details of criteria for assessment are available via the Moodle site.

    Hurdle requirements:
    Students must achieve at least 50% of the marks for each workshop portfolio.
    Due date:
    Details are available via the Moodle site.
  • Assessment task 2
    Title:
    Workshop Portfolio 2
    Description:
    Each workshop will include an associated assessable task, which will comprise a portfolio of assessable activities. These will comprise individual and group written submissions and oral presentations. Details of the portfolio activities for each workshop are available via the Moodle site.
    Weighting:
    20%
    Criteria for assessment:

    Details are available via the Moodle site.

    Hurdle requirements:
    Students must achieve at least 50% of the marks for each workshop portfolio.
    Due date:
    Details are available via the Moodle site.
  • Assessment task 3
    Title:
    Workshop Portfolio 3
    Description:
    Each workshop will include an associated assessable task, which will comprise a portfolio of assessable activities. These will comprise individual and group written submissions and oral presentations. Details of the portfolio activities for each workshop are available via the Moodle site.
    Weighting:
    20%
    Criteria for assessment:

    Details are provided on the Moodle site.

    Hurdle requirements:
    Students must achieve at least 50% of the marks for each workshop portfolio.
    Due date:
    Details are provided on the Moodle site.
  • Assessment task 4
    Title:
    Workshop Portfolio 4
    Description:
    Each workshop will include an associated assessable task, which will comprise a portfolio of assessable activities. These will comprise individual and group written submissions and oral presentations. Details of the portfolio activities for each workshop are available via the Moodle site.
    Weighting:
    20%
    Criteria for assessment:

    Details are provided on the Moodle site.

    Hurdle requirements:
    Students must achieve at least 50% of the marks for each workshop portfolio.
    Due date:
    Details are available via the Moodle site.
  • Assessment task 5
    Title:
    Workshop Portfolio 5
    Description:
    Each workshop will include an associated assessable task, which will comprise a portfolio of assessable activities. These will comprise individual and group written submissions and oral presentations. Details of the portfolio activities for each workshop are available via the Moodle site.
    Weighting:
    20%
    Criteria for assessment:

    Details are available via Moodle site.

    Hurdle requirements:
    Students must achieve at least 50% of the marks for each workshop portfolio.
    Due date:
    Details are available via the Moodle site.

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:
  • 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). 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

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Student services

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