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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Unit

12 points, SCA Band 2, 0.250 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Information Technology
OfferedNot offered in 2011


In their final stage of study, students are given the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills they have gained, in the development of an information system for a real world client. Students work in groups and will:

  • design, develop and deliver an information system for a client;
  • manage the project through all its development stages;
  • communicate effectively with all project stakeholders, primarily via studios and meetings;
  • develop project documentation to a professional standard;
  • present their project work to academics and other groups;
  • attend unit seminars; and
  • contribute in a professional and committed manner to the work of the group.


At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  • understand all stages of the process of developing an information system;
  • understand the roles and responsibilities of clients, system users and developers in a systems development project;
  • understand how information systems are developed;
  • apply, in a practical setting, the theoretical work covered in their course;
  • develop a significant computing application, from the analysis and design stages, through coding and implementation to evaluation;
  • work with clients and communicate effectively with them;
  • define a problem, and gather data, facts, opinions and information needed to analyse and solve it;
  • outline and evaluate alternative solutions to a system development problem;
  • perform a feasibility study that includes estimates of costs, time requirements, a schedule for the development, and the benefits expected from the system;
  • identify hardware and software requirements for a system;
  • document a system design using tools such as system flow charts, data flow diagrams and UML diagrams;
  • implement a system, including testing and debugging;
  • evaluate a system, identifying any weakness or possible enhancements;
  • operate effectively as a member of a development team.


In-semester assessment: 100%

Chief examiner(s)

Ms Chris Gonsalvez

Contact hours

1 hr seminar/wk, 2 x 3 hrs laboratories/wk as determined by supervisor


Entry to FIT5098 is competitive and requires a distinction average in 48 points of MBIS or MIT study. Final selection is by interview.

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