The University of Newcastle, Australia

Course handbook


Through these courses (part A and part B) students will work on an applied research project in the area of computing. Students will gain direct experience consulting on a research problem with an organisation or research group. The project will require an innovative research proposal that has been approved by the course coordinator. The aim for the student is to develop an entrepreneurial prototype that incorporates computer research skills into practice, addressing a real-world problem. Students will be exposed to applied research management practice as they engage with industry managers or researchers. Under supervision and working with others, students will undertake between 100 and 125 hours of work implementing research from a current computing area to directly address an identified business problem.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2020

Multi-term sequence

This course is part of a multi-term sequence. Both Part A and Part B must be completed to meet the requirements of the sequence. Part A and Part B must be completed in consecutive terms. Students must complete Part A before completing Part B. Students must complete the sequence within a twelve month period. If students complete Part A but are unable to complete Part B within the timeframe, they must re-enrol in Part A.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Analyse and plan the application of a suite of computer science and/or information technology research skills learnt in the program in a specific project

2. Critically set objectives, analyse risks and evaluate partial outcomes

3. Communicate using written and verbal communication skills in an authentic workplace environment.

4. Undertake computing research tasks through application of professional knowledge.

5. Critically reflect on the ethical, research and technical issues faced in the workplace


The course comprises activities based on planning, developing, reporting and critically reflecting on a major activity related to computer science and/or information technology. Students will:

  1. Apply for, secure and start an applied research project related to Computer Science and/or Information Technology areas, approved by the course coordinator.
  2. Work directly with the industry partner and research supervisor to prepare a plan of research and agree on a scope of works.
  3. Identify key project and research risks and how they will be addressed.
  4. Prepare a 'Program of Activity Agreement', Memorandum of understanding, and Risk Assessment which should be signed by the student, industry supervisor and the Course Coordinator.
  5. Collaborate to plan, carry out and report on an appropriate project.
  6. Complete at least 100 hours in part A with an organisation which requires computer science and/or information technology expertise (the total number of hours in part A and B combined should be between 200 and 250 hours).
  7. Record, report and critically reflect on the initial stages of the project
  8. Prepare and deliver a seminar to describe the activities undertaken during the initial stages of the project.
  9. Describe and analyse ethical and technical issues relating to real world research and practice.


Written permission from the Head of Discipline is required to enrol in this program.

Assumed knowledge

Successful completion of an undergraduate program.

Assessment items

Proposal / Plan: Project Start-up Plan

Report: Progress report

Presentation: Initial Progress Seminar

Contact hours


Individual Supervision

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term