Graduate Certificate of Information Technology Research - 2019

Postgraduate - Course

Commencement year

This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2019 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Information Technology.

Other commencement years for this course: 2018 and 2017

Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.

Course code


Credit points


Abbreviated title




Managing faculty

Information Technology

Admission and fees


Course type

Graduate certificate

Standard duration

0.5 years FT, 1 year PT

You have a maximum of 1 year to complete this course.

Mode and location

On-campus (Caulfield, Clayton)


Graduate Certificate of Information Technology Research


This course offers a pathway to higher-level research in information technology for high achieving students who have completed a relevant undergraduate and coursework master's degree but do not have a research component in order to progress. You will undertake research methodology training and carry out an independent research project on a selected topic, working closely with a supervisor who will provide you with individual guidance and academic counselling.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 8 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 8 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that you will be able to:

  1. demonstrate a knowledge of a range of specialised topics in information technology including historical, cultural, social, legal and ethical issues inherent in research applicable to the discipline of information technology
  2. plan, conduct and manage an independent research project
  3. evaluate and select research methodologies appropriate to information technology, and demonstrate their uses and limitations
  4. critically analyse research literature
  5. analyse, synthesise and evaluate factors in your research project
  6. document and communicate research results, and the methods used, orally and in a written report
  7. undertake independent learning and apply analytical thinking.


The course is structured in two parts: Part A. Coursework and Part B. Research.


The course comprises 24 points structured into two parts: Part A. Coursework and Part B. Research.

Units are 6 credit points unless otherwise stated.

Part A. Coursework

You must complete:

  • FIT5125 Research methods in information technology

Part B. Research

You must complete a. or b. below:*

a. full-time study:

b. part-time study:

* International students must complete option a.

Progression to further studies

Successful completion of this course may provide a pathway to a higher degree by research.

Progression to the Faculty of Information Technology's Doctor of Philosophy or Master of Philosophy course will be conditional on you achieving a minimum mark of 70 per cent in each unit.