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FIT4005 - IT research methods

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate, Postgraduate Faculty of Information Technology

Leader: Professor David Green


Caulfield Second semester 2008 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2008 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2008 (Off-campus)
Singapore First semester 2008 (Off-campus)
South Africa First semester 2008 (Day)
South Africa Second semester 2008 (Day)


FIT4005 introduces students to a variety of issues, concepts, methods and techniques associated with IT research. Skills developed and knowledge acquired from this unit will prepare students to conduct their own research, as well as to be knowledgeable consumers of others' research.


After completing this unit, students should have knowledge and understanding of:

  1. Basic research concepts, major philosophical foundations (theory, framework, paradigm, scientific method and methodologies in general)
  2. Research methods and techniques relevant to IT research.
  3. Key issues in IT research.
  4. Methods of argument analysis.
  5. How to design research.
  6. How to evaluate research and peer review procedures.
  7. The process of reviewing research literature on a specific topic.
  8. Ethical research practices.

After completing this unit, students should have developed attitudes of:
  1. Confidence in themselves as informed consumers of published research, able to critically evaluate the relative quality and merits of reported research findings.
  2. Confidence in their ability to undertake independent research and to complete a thesis.
  3. Awareness of the ethical issues that arise in the design and implementation of research.

After completing this unit, students should have the skills to:
  1. Matching research tools and methods with research needs.
  2. Write effective research papers.
  3. Evaluate research ideas and designs.
  4. Collect and analyse relevant data.

After completing this unit, students should be able to:
1: Communicate research ideas effectively in oral and written form.
2: Assess research ideas and designs.


Assignments: literature review, assignment relevant to topic, and class exercises.

Contact hours

3 x contact hrs/week


Entry to BBIS (Hons), BCS (Hons), BITS (Hons), or a Masters degree in the Faculty of Information Technology


BUS5000, CSE4650, CSE4910, GCO4010, IMS4036, IMS5036, ITW4001

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