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FIT4008 Reading unit - Semester 1, 2015

This unit is a research unit and an elective unit for the Honours degrees of the Faculty of IT. Due to the nature of the area of IT, a wide range of reading unit 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. 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)
  • Clayton (Day)

Workload Requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week. Students will be expected to hold regular meetings with supervisor(s) over the course of the semester.

See also Unit timetable information

Unit Relationships

Prerequisites

Admission to the Bachelor of Computer Science (Honours) or Bachelor of Business Information Systems (Honours) or Bachelor of Information Technology and Systems (Honours) program. Enrolment in FIT4008 is subject to the approval of the ADE on the advice of the relevant Honours program leaders.

Chief Examiner

Campus Lecturer

Caulfield

Dr Pari Delir Haghighi

Clayton

Dr David Albrecht

Your feedback to Us

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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
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2   Details for the reading unit will be defined and approved individually by the academic supervisor for each student in a learning contract, which will include objectives, assessment details, due dates and an initial reading list. The details of the agreed assessment will be submitted to the relevant Campus Honours Coordinator or the relevant Course Coordinator by the end of week 2 of the semester.
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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

Assessment Summary

Assessment is determined by the supervisor. Assessment can include a written report or written formal exam. The student may also be required to present the findings of the research undertaken.

Assessment Task Value Due Date
Learning Contract 100% The details of the agreed assessment will be submitted to the relevant Campus Honours Coordinator or the relevant Course Coordinator by the end of week 2 of the semester.

Assessment Requirements

Assessment Policy

Assessment Tasks

Participation

  • Assessment task 1
    Title:
    Learning Contract
    Description:
    Assessment may be comprised of a research paper or review (6000-10,000 words), project report, or equivalent, but will be equivalent to the workload associated with one 6 credit point unit.
    Weighting:
    100%
    Criteria for assessment:

    Details for the reading unit will be defined and approved individually by the academic supervisor for each student in a learning contract, which will include:

    • objectives,
    • assessment details,
    • due dates and
    • an initial reading list.
    Due date:
    The details of the agreed assessment will be submitted to the relevant Campus Honours Coordinator or the relevant Course Coordinator by the end of week 2 of the semester.
    Remarks:
    Assessment items submitted for the Reading Unit may not be directly included in the Honours Thesis, however the thesis may reference such material.

Learning resources

Monash Library Unit Reading List (if applicable to the unit)
http://readinglists.lib.monash.edu/index.html

Feedback to you

Types of feedback you can expect to receive in this unit are:

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 electronic submission). 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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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.

Other

Individually defined and can include IEEE, ACM and other relevant IT/Business/Financial journals, technical papers and conference papers.