FIT5120 - Industry experience studio project - 2019

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

Chief examiner(s)

Ms Livia Mammarella

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)
  • First semester 2019 (Online)
  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)
  • Second semester 2019 (Online)


  • First semester 2019 (Evening)
  • Second semester 2019 (Evening)


All students must be in their final semester of study or have completed 66 points of FIT units and,

Master of Business Information Systems: (C6003) (3342) and Master of Business Information Systems (Professional) (3341): FIT9130 and FIT9131 and FIT9132 and FIT9123 and FIT5057.

Master of Information Technology (C6001) (3348): FIT5057 and FIT5136 and FIT9132 or equivalent.

Master of Networks and Security (C6002): FIT5057 and FIT5136 and FIT9132.

Master of Data Science (C6004): FIT5145 and FIT5196 and FIT5197.

Master of Project Management (C6006): Students must be in their final semester of study (have less than or equal to 24 points of study to complete).

Full time students will take FIT5122 or FIT5104 as a co-requisite. Part-time students must take FIT5122 as a pre-requisite, in the semester before their final semester. Students completing the Archives and record keeping or Library and information science specialisations in the Master of Business Information Systems and Master of Business Information Systems (Professional) will enrol in FIT5104 in place of FIT5122.

The off-campus offering of FIT5120 is only available to MBIS students enrolled in off-campus course mode.




The ONLINE offering of this unit is only available to MBIS students enrolled in off-campus course mode.


This industry experience studio project capstone unit gives students the opportunity to work in teams to research contemporary approaches to developing a defined project, 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 or design question and then carry out research or design in a systematic manner to develop and deliver a solution to industry standards, for use by organisations and/or community groups. Teams will be self managed and may be a mix of students drawn from all Masters courses in the faculty, depending on the specialist field.

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 relevant to an advanced specialist domain and identify information requirements interpreting how they may be of benefit to an organisation or a community;
  2. analyse how specialist domain projects are developed and evaluate the underlying principles and reasons underpinning each aspect of the development process, proposing the need for and then using, a context driven methodological approach to deliver;
  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 applying investigative research;
  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 professional practice skills on issues relevant to the chosen area of practice and operate effectively as a member of that practice team;
  7. evaluate, assess and communicate both personal and team progress and learning, thus engaging in meaningful reflective practice of one's self and the outcomes and process of the projects.


In-semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 24 hours per week comprising:

  1. Contact hours for on-campus students:
    • Two 1-hour seminar
    • Two 2-hour studio laboratories
    • Two 1-hour meeting times
  2. 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.

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