Information Technology Research I

Course code INFO6101Units 20Level 6000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Design, Communication and IT

This comprises the first part of Information Technology Research courses which are completed in INFO6102.

It provides students with a review and elaboration of the philosophical, ontological and epistemological issues that underlie thinking about research and research practices. Differing methodologies, pertinent to thesis-based research and technical or creative project-based research, are examined in the disciplines of design, communication and information technology. Emphasis is given to the application of specific research techniques in information technology and critiques of underlying theoretical assumptions as well as ethical considerations for research. Students also examine contemporary literature relevant to their proposed research topic, focusing on theoretical perspectives and methodological assumptions.

Students will undertake a subsequent literature review in order to develop a conceptual understanding of contemporary approaches to their field of information technology research resulting in a research project presented at the completion of the associated course, INFO6102

Not available in 2015

Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesIn this course students will:
1. select and administer appropriate methods for collecting and analysing material and research data;
2. apply research methods to problems or issues within information technology;
3. develop critical and analytical skills;
4. acquire and demonstrate ethical standards appropriate to the field of study;
5. engage with prior literature and technical/creative material;
6. develop research, project and time management skills, and
7. develop writing and production skills.
Content1. A review and elaboration of the philosophical, ontological and epistemological issues that underlie thinking about information technology research practices.
2. An examination of differing research methodologies and techniques.
3. An examination of the application of research methods to information technology
4. Ethical considerations for research.
5. A review of the current literature pertaining to the area of study.
6. An understanding of contemporary approaches to information technology.
7. Time management, research planning and thesis writing skills.
Replacing Course(s)INFO4150 (previously prescribed course for MIT Honours)
TransitionN/A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeINFO6030, and one of GSBS6503 or ELEC3830 (or equivalent).
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Individual Supervision
Self Directed Learning
Seminar
Student Projects
Workshop
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments
Group/tutorial participation and contributionAttendance and active participation and contribution to group discussions in workshops.
Presentations - IndividualIndividual presentation and discussion of approximately 30-minutes based on the proposed research area.
Contact HoursWorkshop: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Student Projects: for 12 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentThis course is only available to students enrolled in the Master of Information Technology (Advanced) and the Master of Information Technology (Honours).