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

12 points, SCA Band 2, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.


Information Technology



  • First semester 2016 (Day)
  • First semester 2016 (Online)
  • Second semester 2016 (Day)
  • Second semester 2016 (Online)


  • First semester 2016 (Evening)
  • Second semester 2016 (Evening)


This industry experience studio project capstone unit gives students the opportunity to work in teams to research contemporary approaches to system development, develop new skills, and apply the knowledge and skills they have already gained in a practical setting.

Teams will research and create a meaningful and beneficial problem space and then develop and deliver an IT solution for that problem to industry standards, designed for use by organisations and/or community groups. Teams will be self managed and will be a mix of students drawn from all Masters courses in the faculty.

Throughout this process students will need to communicate findings, knowledge and ideas effectively and professionally to a range of stakeholders, with a range of IT knowledge, in relevant and innovative ways. The stakeholders will include academics, peers, project-based stakeholders and senior industry experts. The students will attend unit seminars, carry out research individually and contribute in a professional, committed and collegial manner to the work of their team and studio peers.


At the completion of 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)



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