Faculty of Information Technology

Monash University

Postgraduate - 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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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
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2015 (Day)
Caulfield First semester 2015 (Online)
Caulfield Second semester 2015 (Day)
Caulfield Second semester 2015 (Online)
Malaysia Second semester 2015 (Day)


The industry experience project capstone unit gives students the opportunity to research contemporary approaches to system development and develop new skills, as well as applying the knowledge and skills they have already gained, in the delivery and development of an IT solution to industry standards designed for use by business clients. During this process students are expected to reflect on these concepts and theories in order to analyse why they are necessary for a successful outcome. The students work in self managed teams Throughout this process students will need to communicate effectively (interpreting and evaluating what effective communication means) to a range of stakeholders. This includes analysing and synthesising information gained, as well as producing and presenting outputs to professional industry standards. Students will present, in relevant and innovative ways, findings to academics and peers as well as project based stakeholders and industry experts. The students attend unit seminars, carry out research individually and contribute in a professional, committed and collegial manner to the work of their team and to their studio peers.

It is highly recommended that students enrol in FIT5122 Professional practice in conjunction with FIT5120. FIT5122 Professional practice has been designed specifically so that students will benefit from this unit whilst taking FIT5120.


On successfully completing this unit, students should be able to:

  1. critically analyse complex information and identify information requirements interpreting how they may be of benefit to an organisation or a community;
  2. analyse how IT applications are developed and evaluate the underlying principles and reasons underpinning each aspect of the development process, proposing the need for and then using, a methodological approach to deliver an application;
  3. differentiate and synthesise the interrelated roles and responsibilities of all stakeholders of a project and assess and analyse why these roles are important for a successful project;
  4. apply, in an industry standard setting, new concepts as well as aspects of theoretical approaches already learned, selecting the most appropriate fit for a specific situation and the rationale for that selection;
  5. demonstrate discernment and judgment in effective two-way communication to all stakeholders/audiences, both specialist and generalist, by using innovative, relevant and meaningful mechanisms to disseminate knowledge and ideas;
  6. contrast and apply the most suitable IT and professional practice skills to operate effectively as a member of a development team;
  7. evaluate, assess and communicate both personal and team progress and learning, thus engaging in meaningful reflective practice.


In-semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 24 hours per week comprising:

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

  • Two 1-hour seminar
  • Two 3-hour studio laboratories

(b.) Additional requirements (all students):

  • a minimum of 16 hours independent study per week for completing project work individually and with team members, client meetings and review work.

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)


All students: FIT5057 and students must be in their final semester of study (have less than or equal to 24 points of study to complete) and

Master of Business Information Systems students: (FIT5123 or FIT9123), (FIT5130 or FIT9130), (FIT5131 or FIT9131), (FIT5132 or FIT9132) or equivalent for non-cognate students.
Master of Information Technology students: (FIT5131 or FIT9131), (FIT5132 or FIT9132) and FIT5136 or equivalent for non-cognate students.

Master of Information Technology Professional/Master of Business Information Systems Professional: ((FIT5123 or FIT9123) and (FIT5130 or FIT9130)) or FIT5136 or equivalent
Part-time students: FIT5104 or FIT5122 for non-cognate students.


FIT5104 or FIT5122 (for full-time students)