Subject Descriptions - Subject Information


Calendar: 2017 Postgraduate
Faculty: Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences
Department: School of Computing and Information Technology


Subject Information
Subject Code ISIT940
Subject Name IT Research Methods
Credit Points 6
Pre-Requisites None.
Co-Requisites None.
Restrictions None.
Equivalence CSCI940
Assessment  
General Subject No.
EFTSL (Non Weighted) 0.125
Non Weighted Student Contribution Amounts
Commonwealth Supported (HECS) Students Only
Pre-1997 Pre-2005 Post-2005 Post-2008 Post-2009 Post-2010
$ 1131  $ 1131  $ 1131  $ 1131  $ 1131  $ 1131 
Weighted Student Contribution Amounts  
Work Experience No
Tutorial Enrolment Information Students should use the SMP OnLine Tutorial System (via SOLS) to enrol in Tutorial/laboratory groups for this subject. Once enrolments are open a link to the subject will appear in Tutorial Enrolments in SOLS.

Subject Availability
Session DXB PG Spring  (05-02-2017 to 03-06-2017)
Campus Dubai
Delivery Method On Campus
Instance Name Class 1
Quota 1
Course Restrictions No restrictions
Contact Hours  
Lecturer(s) and
Cons. times
Shafiz Mohd Yusof
Coordinator(s) and
Cons. times
Muhammad Hadi
Instance Comment  
Census Date 28-02-2017

Subject Description
This subject introduces students to research methodology. Topics include the purpose of research, formulating a research question, conducting a literature review and writing a research proposal. Students will gain an understanding of the different research methodologies, including quantitative and qualitative analysis. Students will learn how to design an appropriate research plan. Requirements for scholarly writing will also be discussed and the process of undertaking a research project will be analysed. The subject provides an introduction to the research process for students undertaking Honours and postgraduate research projects in the School of Information Technology and Computer Science.


Subject Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students will be able to:
1. Write a research proposal.
2. Conduct a literature search and review to provide a basis for the research project.
3. Establish an appropriate methodology for conduct of research in the chosen field.
4. Be aware of ethical considerations relevant to the conduct of the research.
5. Have completed draft of the first three chapters of the report / thesis.

Extra Information
Generic Extra Information:
Strongly recommended for all research candidates. Students not intending to take on a research project subject and who do not have a supervisor should NOT be enrolled in this subject. Enrolment can NOT be undertaken via SOLS. Pls see your degree co-ordinator for advice. To enrol in ISIT998, a minimum final grade of 65% will be required for ISIT940 along with a successful formulation of a research proposal with enrolment agreement from the supervisor and the degree coordinator.

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