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
General Subject No.

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.