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Monash University

FIT5109 Research topic - Semester 2, 2015

This unit enables students to pursue a particular topic of research in the fields of information technology, information systems or information management. The research is done under supervision, and provides a chance for a student to pursue a topic of interest that has not been covered in other coursework units, or to build more in-depth knowledge in an area with which they already have some familiarity but desire more knowledge and expertise. Students enrolling in this unit should have the approval of the Head of School or their nominee. Assessment comprises a research paper, project report, or equivalent.

Mode of Delivery

Caulfield (Day)

Workload Requirements

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

See also Unit timetable information

Additional workload requirements

The weekly meetings with supervisor(s), or OCL equivalent, are used to set goals for self-guided investigation and learning.

Unit Relationships




Completion of 24 points of graduate units from FIT.
Entry to this unit is subject to approval of the Associate Dean Education (ADE), on the advice of the relevant Masters Program Leader. An application form is required.

Chief Examiner

Campus Lecturer


Caddie Gao

Your feedback to Us

Monash is committed to excellence in education and regularly seeks feedback from students, employers and staff. One of the key formal ways students have to provide feedback is through the Student Evaluation of Teaching and Units (SETU) survey. The University’s student evaluation policy requires that every unit is evaluated each year. Students are strongly encouraged to complete the surveys. The feedback is anonymous and provides the Faculty with evidence of aspects that students are satisfied and areas for improvement.

For more information on Monash’s educational strategy, see:

www.monash.edu.au/about/monash-directions/ and on student evaluations, see: www.policy.monash.edu/policy-bank/academic/education/quality/student-evaluation-policy.html

Academic Overview

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  • analyse, synthesise and construct arguments from a range of published sources;
  • critique and evaluate others' ideas, opinions and arguments;
  • explain ideas for scrutiny to a supervisor;
  • demonstrate self-reliance and time management skills in order to gain greater independence as a learner;
  • demonstrate the communication skills necessary to work effectively in a close, cooperative relationship with a supervisor;
  • assess the nature and demands of independent research.

Unit Schedule

Week Activities Assessment
0 Students will need to familiarise themselves with the information contained in this unit guide No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0
1 To be negotiated with supervisor  
2 To be negotiated with supervisor  
3 To be negotiated with supervisor  
4 To be negotiated with supervisor  
5 To be negotiated with supervisor  
6 To be negotiated with supervisor  
7 To be negotiated with supervisor  
8 To be negotiated with supervisor  
9 To be negotiated with supervisor  
10 To be negotiated with supervisor  
11 To be negotiated with supervisor  
12 To be negotiated with supervisor  
  SWOT VAC No formal assessment is undertaken in SWOT VAC
  Examination period LINK to Assessment Policy: http://policy.monash.edu.au/policy-bank/

*Unit Schedule details will be maintained and communicated to you via your learning system.

Teaching Approach

Research activities
Students will research an agreed topic under the guidance of their supervisor, and will receive feedback on their progress through regular meetings with their supervisor.

Assessment Summary

Research paper, review, project report or equivalent: 100%

Assessment Task Value Due Date
To be set by the individual staff member supervising each research topic 100% To be negotiated

Assessment Requirements

Assessment Policy

Assessment Tasks


  • Assessment task 1
    To be set by the individual staff member supervising each research topic
    To be set by the individual staff member supervising each research topic
    Criteria for assessment:

    To be set by the individual staff member supervising each research topic

    Due date:
    To be negotiated

Learning resources

Monash Library Unit Reading List (if applicable to the unit)

Feedback to you

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

  • Informal feedback on progress in labs/tutes
  • 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/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 site for this unit, which you can access via links in the my.monash portal.

Required Resources

Please check with your lecturer before purchasing any Required Resources. Limited copies of prescribed texts are available for you to borrow in the library, and prescribed software is available in student labs.

To be discussed with the supervisor.

Examination material or equipment

Not applicable.

Other Information


Monash has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and to provide advice on how they might uphold them. You can find Monash’s Education Policies at: www.policy.monash.edu.au/policy-bank/academic/education/index.html

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.

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