Faculty of Information Technology

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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 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.

Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Information Technology



  • First semester 2016 (Day)


This unit introduces students to the issues, concepts, methods and techniques associated with information technology research in general and those most commonly used for research in information systems and information management. It covers research methodologies, data collection and analysis, ethical and professional issues and oral and written communication skills.

Skills developed and knowledge acquired from this unit will prepare students to conduct and to communicate their own research, as well as to be knowledgeable consumers of others research.


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

  1. critically analyse and assess information systems and information management research;
  2. recognise the main research methodologies used in IT research and explain those used in information systems and information management research;
  3. choose the appropriate research methodology;
  4. describe the most common data collection and analysis methods used in information systems and information management research;
  5. explain the ethical and professional issues that may arise in research;
  6. communicate both orally and in writing;
  7. describe the professional environment and different kinds of roles in which IT research is conducted.


In-semester assessment: 100%

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.

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Chief examiner(s)


Enrolment in course 4310


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