Information Technology Honours III: Research Project

Course code INFT4020Units 20Level 4000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Design, Communication and IT

Develops research skills through the development of a research project. The research project may take the final form of a thesis or technical/creative project with the primary objective of each being research. The course is conducted under the direct supervision of an academic staff member who is also the student's honours research supervisor. The course builds skills and develops competencies in research design pertinent to both thesis and technical/creative information technology projects including literature reviews, identification of specific research questions, appropriate methodological approaches, planning, skills and techniques. Students will receive non-graded formal structured feedback from their supervisor on their progress at the end of this course.

Available in 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 1, Semester 2
OurimbahSemester 1, Semester 2
Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006
ObjectivesIn this course students will:
1. plan independent research;
2. engage with prior literature and technical/creative material and articulate the relevance of the thesis or project to existing literature and work in the field;
3. where appropriate to the project, collect and analyse data;
4. continue to demonstrate critical and analytical skills appropriate to Honours level; and
5. further develop time management skills appropriate to research at Honours level.
ContentThe content of the research project will be substantially determined by the student, in that the student will choose, in consultation with the Honours Co-ordinator, the topic of his/her thesis or technical/creative project and on this basis will be allocated a supervisor from within this disciplinary area. The project area will determine the detailed content.
Replacing Course(s)INFT4220 Applied IT Honours B (in B Applied Information Technology Honours)
INFO4130 Information Systems IVC and INFO4140 Information Systems IVD (in B Information Science Honours)
TransitionAs the B Applied Information Technology (Honours) and B Information Science (Honours) programs will be discontinued from 2006, current students will be articulated into the new B Information Technology (Honours) program with full recognition of prior studies.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeStudents should
- have completed the requirements for admission to the relevant Bachelor degree of the University, or to another cognate degree approved by the PVC;
- have completed, in that Bachelor degree, the requirements of an approved major in the discipline area, or in a cognate discipline area approved by the PVC, to be undertaken in the Honours program.
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Teaching MethodsIndividual Supervision
Self Directed Learning
Student Projects
Assessment Items
ProjectsCommencement of a research project, under the direction of a nominated supervisor, which will take the form of a thesis dissertation or creative production pertinent to the field of Information Technology.
Students will receive non-graded formal structured feedback from their supervisor on the student's progress at the end of this course.
Contact HoursIndividual Supervision: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentThis course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Information Technology (Honours) program.
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for INFT4020