Master of Network Computing (Minor Thesis)
Course code: 3318 ~ Course abbreviation: MNC(MinorThesis) ~ Total credit points required: 72 ~ 1.5 years full-time, 3 years part-time ~ Managing faculty: Information Technology
Study mode and course location
This masters degree aims to provide students with a sound knowledge of an area of study relevant to network computing as well as providing preparation for further research. The course is intended for those with a previous qualification in a related discipline to extend their information technology knowledge.
On the successful completion of this degree, students will have: an in-depth knowledge of one or more areas of study relevant to network computing; an understanding of the use of a variety of research methods appropriate to network computing; theoretical knowledge in specific areas so that they will have the intellectual and conceptual foundation to play leading roles in the development of the network computing industry; the conceptual and theoretical framework to appreciate and integrate new software and hardware technologies, and, within a network computing context, use them to develop solutions to complex problems in our society; demonstrated competency in research communication, including written and oral presentations; planned and completed a substantial research project relevant to network computing; documented by extended minor thesis (36 points) the findings of a substantial research; adequately prepared to undertake further research at PhD level.
Credit for prior studies
Generally, students who have completed similar units in previous studies will normally be required to make substitutions. Credit will only be granted for postgraduate units that have not counted for the award of any other degree or diploma. Where credit is granted, the number of elective units that may be taken outside the list of approved information technology graduate units may be reduced. In evaluating units for possible credit, a distinction will be made between a graduate unit and a postgraduate unit. Also, an attempt will be made to distinguish between fourth-year units and fifth-year units. Students can be granted at most 36 points of credit.
Credit for unsupervised research prior to enrolment will not be granted as credit towards the required supervised research within the course. Credit will not be granted for units on the grounds that the material in the unit has been learned as a result of work experience. In these cases, students should choose another unit. A thesis from previous courses can not be counted towards credit.
The course is a 72-point masters, consisting of a 36-point minor thesis and 36 points of coursework.
The coursework includes:
Only one unit (6 points) of coursework may be at the 9000 level or from outside the faculty.
There are no core units. Students may select their units from the following list, provided the program of studies conforms to requirements given above:
The research component consists of a supervised extended minor thesis of at least one-and-a-half semesters length (for full-time students). Students are expected to complete a written research project proposal mid-way through the first semester, as a hurdle requirement.
This course is accredited by the Australian Computer Society (ACS) as meeting the standard of knowledge for professional-level membership.
Dr Judithe Sheard