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FIT4000 Honours thesis extension - Semester 2, 2014

FIT4000 is an extension unit for all FIT undergraduate Honours degree students, 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)
  • South Africa (Day)

Workload Requirements

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

Unit Relationships

Prohibitions

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

Prerequisites

Associate Dean (Education) approval required.

Chief Examiner

Campus Lecturer

Caulfield

Dr Tom Denison

Clayton

Dr David Squire

South Africa

Dr Neil Manson

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Academic Overview

Learning 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.

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.

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.

Assessment Summary

Presentation and final thesis (normally 10,000 - 20,000 words): 100%

Assessment Requirements

Assessment Policy

Assessment Tasks

Participation

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

FIT4000 Honours 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 an Honours Thesis of 24 or 18 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%

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:

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 (if applicable to the unit)
http://readinglists.lib.monash.edu/index.html

Faculty of Information Technology Style Guide

Feedback to you

Examination/other end-of-semester assessment feedback may take the form of feedback classes, provision of sample answers or other group feedback after official results have been published. Please check with your lecturer on the feedback provided and take advantage of this prior to requesting individual consultations with staff. If your unit has an examination, you may request to view your examination script booklet, see http://intranet.monash.edu.au/infotech/resources/students/procedures/request-to-view-exam-scripts.html

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/student-academic-integrity-managing-plagiarism-collusion-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

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Key educational policies include:

Faculty resources and policies

Important student resources including Faculty policies are located at http://intranet.monash.edu.au/infotech/resources/students/

Graduate Attributes Policy

Student Charter

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.