Available in 2017, 2018

Course handbook


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.

Availability2017 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2017
  • Semester 1 - 2018
  • Semester 2 - 2018


  • Semester 2 - 2017
  • Semester 1 - 2018
  • Semester 2 - 2018

Learning outcomes

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

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.


The 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.


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

Project: Individual research project

Contact hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah

Individual Supervision

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

The Supervisor will be responsible for arranging regular consultations with the student, the frequency will be agreed early in the student's candidature. 1 to 2 hours per week consultation time for full-time students when averaged over the semester.