Faculty of Information Technology

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 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
OfferedClayton First semester 2015 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2015 (Day)


This unit builds upon FIT1041 and FIT2083 or FIT2084 and allows students to conduct an independent research project in an area of interest to the student with one of the Faculty's research groups.

At the start of the semester students will be assigned to one of the Faculty's research groups and assigned an academic supervisor and a research topic. Students may work individually or in groups, as determined by the supervisor of a particular topic. During the semester students will be required to participate in research group events including seminars and presentations.


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

  1. participate as a member of a research group;
  2. demonstrate how to conduct IT research;
  3. critically analyse and assess previous approaches to solve a particular research problem;
  4. formulate a research hypothesis and chose an appropriate methodology to evaluate that hypothesis;
  5. conduct the experiment and/or implementation in order to evaluate the hypothesis;
  6. demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate their research findings both orally and in writing.


In-semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

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

  • One 1-hour meeting with the project supervisor

(b.) Additional requirements (all students):

  • As directed by project supervisor, the student may be required to attend seminars and other research group meetings and activities. The remainder of the time will be spent on individual study and completion of the project.

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