Faculty of Information Technology

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Information Technology
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2014 (Day)


This unit will focus on research into the latest developments in the field of information technology, including innovative technology developments involving human computer interaction, information visualisation of complex data and emerging interface techniques. Students will learn valuable research and communication skills as they investigate and share with their peers the impact of emergent technologies and interfaces on society. The content presented in the lectures will focus on grand challenges in the field of information technology and on emerging trends. Students will apply their theoretical understanding to a practical project negotiated with the lecturer using a learning contract.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  • locate and critically evaluate information on current research in the field of information technology as it relates to such themes as Human Computer Interaction, Ubiquitous Computing, Social Computing, and Entertainment;
  • critically evaluate the impact of rapid changes in information technology on society, highlighting the pervasive and expanding range of areas on which information technology is impacting;
  • communicate results of investigation to peers effectively through written and oral presentations, while correctly acknowledging and referencing source material;
  • apply theoretical understanding of emergent technologies to a practical project that demonstrates exploration of new information technologies in areas such as Human Computer Interaction, Ubiquitous Computing, Social Computing, and Entertainment.


In-semester assessment: 100%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • Two hours of lectures
  • One 2-hour tutorial

(b.) Additional requirements (all students):

  • A minimum of 8 hours independent study per week for completing lab and project work, private study and revision.

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


Completion of 24 points of level 2 or 3 FIT units

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