Faculty of Information Technology

Monash University

Postgraduate - 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
OfferedNot offered in 2014


This unit enables students to pursue a particular topic of research in the fields of information technology, information systems or information management. The research is done under supervision, and provides a chance for a student to pursue a topic of interest that has not been covered in other coursework units, or to build more in-depth knowledge in an area with which they already have some familiarity but desire more knowledge and expertise. Students taking the Industry Experience stream in their Masters courses should take this unit. Assessment comprises a research paper, project report, or equivalent.


At the completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  • analyse, synthesise and construct arguments from a range of published sources;
  • critique and evaluate others' ideas, opinions and arguments;
  • explain ideas for scrutiny to a supervisor;
  • demonstrate self-reliance and time management skills in order to gain greater independence as a learner;
  • demonstrate the communication skills necessary to work effectively in a close, cooperative relationship with a supervisor;
  • assess the nature and demands of independent research.


Research paper, review, project report or equivalent: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week. Students are expected to hold regular meetings with supervisor(s) over the course of the semester.


Completion of core units in the respective master courses.