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FIT4441 Honours thesis part 1 - Semester 2, 2015

This unit is a research unit and a core unit for all Faculty of Information Technology Honours degrees. Due to the nature of IT, a wide range of Honours project 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.

This unit forms part of the sequence of units comprising the Honours thesis in the Faculty of Information Technology.

Two exit points exist for the Honours thesis, FIT4444 (24 pts) and FIT4448 (18 pts). The 24 credit point exit point is applicable to:

Bachelor of Business Information Systems (Honours), Bachelor of Computer Science (Honours), Honours degree of Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences, Bachelor of Information Technology and Systems (Honours) and Bachelor of Informatics and Computation Advanced (Honours).

The 18 credit point exit point is applicable to:

Honours stream in the Bachelor of Software Engineering.

Mode of Delivery

  • Caulfield (Day)
  • Clayton (Day)
  • South Africa (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

Prohibitions

CPE4000, CSE4000, IMS4000, FIT4126, FIT4186, FIT4246, FIT4606

Co-requisites

FIT4005

Prerequisites

Admission to an FIT Honours program.

Chief Examiner

Campus Lecturer

Caulfield

Dr Pari Delir Haghighi

Clayton

Dr David Albrecht

South Africa

Dr Neil Manson

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Academic Overview

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the Honours thesis units, students should be able to:
  1. design a rigorous Bachelor Honours level research project and develop project proposal;
  2. critically review research literature, research design and reported findings;
  3. evaluate and select research methods and techniques of data collection and analysis appropriate to particular research designs, projects and disciplines;
  4. conduct ethical research;
  5. communicate research findings in written and oral form in research and industry settings.

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. Thesis Topic selection
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6   Research Proposal - 5% of the 24 cpt or 18 cpt thesis. Due 3pm Friday in the first semester of candidature (or the first available week day previous to this date if the Friday falls on a University holiday)
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12   Literature Review ** (Due week 14) 10% of the 24cpt thesis and Interim Presentation (** Students who are enrolled in a full time load but in only one 6 cpt thesis unit in the first semester of their Honours program may apply for an extension of up to 3 weeks to the submission date of this assessment task.)
  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

At the completion of the requirements for the thesis the following components of assessment will be completed:

Research Proposal: 5%; Literature Review: 10%; Interim Presentation: hurdle; Final Presentation: 5%; Thesis (normally 10,000 - 20,000 words): 80%

These assessment tasks will be completed over the course of several units in the Honours program but the overall grade for the thesis will only be finalised on completion of either FIT4444 (24 pts) or FIT4448 (18 pts).

Assessment Task Value Due Date
Research Proposal 5% of the 24 cpt or 18 cpt thesis Week 6, 3pm Friday in the first semester of candidature (or the first available week day previous to this date if the Friday falls on a University holiday)
Literature Review 10% of the 24 cpt or 18 cpt thesis Week 14 **, 3pm Friday in the first semester of candidature (or the first available week day previous to this date if the Friday falls on a University holiday) (** Students who are enrolled in a full time load but in only one 6 cpt thesis unit in the first semester of their Honours program may apply for an extension of up to 3 weeks to the submission date of this assessment task.)
Interim Presentation This is a non-assessable hurdle requirement. Week 14 in the first semester of candidature at a time to be scheduled.

Assessment Requirements

Assessment Policy

Assessment Tasks

Hurdle Requirements

Week 14 - Interim Presentation - This is a non-assessable hurdle requirement

Participation

This unit forms part of the sequence of units comprising the Honours thesis in the Faculty of Information Technology.

Two exit points exist for the Honours thesis, FIT4444 - 24 cpts and FIT4448 - 18 cpts.

The 24 credit point exit point is applicable to:

  • Honours degree of Bachelor of Business Information Systems,
  • Honours degree of Bachelor of Computer Science,
  • Honours degree of Bachelor of Computing and Information Sciences,
  • Honours degree of Bachelor of Information Technology and Systems.

The 18 credit point exit point is applicable to:

  • Honours stream in the Bachelor of Software Engineering.

FIT4441 Honours Thesis Part 1 is a unit with an enrolled value of 6 cpts and 0 cpt achievable, taken over a single semester but forms the first part of a sequence of units that together allow a student to complete an Honours Thesis of 18 or 24 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%

These assessment tasks will be completed over the course of several units in the Honours program but the overall grade for the thesis will only be finalised on completion of either FIT4444 - 24 cpts or FIT4448 -18 cpts.

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:

Research Proposal: 5%; Literature Review: 10%; Interim Presentation: hurdle.

  • Assessment task 1
    Title:
    Research Proposal
    Description:
    Learning Outcome: 1. Create a research proposal (approximately 3000 words) that clearly identifies the agreed research topic, identifies the problem being studied, and justifies the aims and significance of the project. The proposal should include a discussion of the research context and background, the proposed methodology, the research design and deliverables.
    The proposal should also be presented professionally with a standard of written expression appropriate to research publications in the field.
    Weighting:
    5% of the 24 cpt or 18 cpt thesis
    Criteria for assessment:

    Criteria for assessment are:

    1. Content of the proposal 
    2. Organisation of the proposal
    3. Quality of writing
    4. Quality of presentation
    5. Accuracy of the bibliographical details
    Due date:
    Week 6, 3pm Friday in the first semester of candidature (or the first available week day previous to this date if the Friday falls on a University holiday)
  • Assessment task 2
    Title:
    Literature Review
    Description:
    Learning Outcome 2. Create a literature review (approximately 6000 words) based on the agreed topic, which provides a critical review of the key literature in the content area. The argument constructed should be coherent and supported by an adequate number of relevant and correctly formatted references. The review should be structured in an appropriate scientific format, and it should be clearly and concisely expressed. The presentation should be of a professional standard and include a title page, table of contents, page numbering and references.
    Weighting:
    10% of the 24 cpt or 18 cpt thesis
    Criteria for assessment:

    Criteria for assessment are:

    1. Depth of analysis of the chosen articles and their sources
    2. Organisation of report
    3. Quality of writing (including spelling and grammar)
    4. Quality of presentation
    5. Appropriate citation of sources
    Due date:
    Week 14 **, 3pm Friday in the first semester of candidature (or the first available week day previous to this date if the Friday falls on a University holiday) (** Students who are enrolled in a full time load but in only one 6 cpt thesis unit in the first semester of their Honours program may apply for an extension of up to 3 weeks to the submission date of this assessment task.)
  • Assessment task 3
    Title:
    Interim Presentation
    Description:
    Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5. Provide a 20 minute (usually 15 mins present + 5 mins questions) summary of the current progress of your research project to your peers. The seminar will be scheduled in week 14 of semester.
    Weighting:
    This is a non-assessable hurdle requirement.
    Criteria for assessment:

    Criteria for assessment are:

    1. Selection and organisation of content
    2. Voice and language
    3. Timing
    4. Non-verbal communication (e.g., body language, eye contact)
    5. Quality of visual aids

    Participation in a 20 minute seminar on the current progress of the research project is a hurdle requirement.

    Due date:
    Week 14 in the first semester of candidature at a time to be scheduled.

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:

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

Online submission

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