The University of Newcastle, Australia

Course handbook


Students 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.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2020
  • Semester 2 - 2020


  • Semester 1 - 2020
  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

1. Engage with prior literature and technical/creative material;

2. Articulate the relevance of the thesis or technical/creative project to existing literature and work in the field;

3. Demonstrate critical and analytical skills;

4. Develop research, project and time management skills, and

5. Develop thesis writing and production skills.


  1. A review of the current literature pertaining to the area of study.
  2. An understanding of contemporary approaches to information technology.
  3. Time management, research planning and thesis writing skills.


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Information Technology (Honours) program.

Assumed knowledge

Students 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.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Essays / Written assignments.

Literature Review: Completed Literature Review

Contact hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah


Face to Face On Campus 12 hour(s) per Term Full Term

Students will meet with their supervisor once per week.