On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. Select an appropriate research methodology based on the content of the research;
2. Demonstrate an understanding of the research process and a systematic approach to the investigation of their specialised area;
3. Articulate and apply literature review strategies to critically analyse the existing literature;
4. Prepare a rigorous research report addressing an important research problem; and
5. Draw conclusions and make recommendations to a variety of audiences – specialised and non-specialised.
Learning and teaching strategies
Students will work individually to review literature, critique published papers and write research proposals. Web-based learning support will provide links to resources necessary for planning and conducting IT research.
Teaching and learning activities for the thesis will be conducted by regular supervision sessions with the thesis supervisor, enrolment in the pre-requisite NIT6130 Introduction to Research unit and attending presentations.
In addition to discipline knowledge, skills and their application, the study of this unit is intended to contribute to students developing the capabilities needed to be:
GC1. Adaptable and capable 21st century citizens who can communicate effectively, work collaboratively, think critically and solve complex problems
a) Identifying, anticipating and solving problems ranging from simple to important, complex and unpredictable problems
b) Accessing, evaluating and analysing information
c) Effective communication using known and yet to be developed tools in many contexts
d) Using effective interpersonal skills, collaborate with and influence, their personal, work, and community networks locally and globally
GC2. Confident, creative lifelong learners who can use their understanding of themselves and others to achieve their goals in work and learning
a) Understanding of the role of culture, values and dispositions in affecting achievement of goals
b) Understanding how to initiate and develop new ideas
c) Planning and organising self and others
GC3. Responsible and ethical citizens who use their inter-cultural understanding to contribute to their local and global communities
a) Respecting and valuing diversity
b) Developing capacities required to contribute to a more equitable and sustainable world, including courage and resilience
c) Understanding the workings of local and global communities and individual’s responsibilities within these
d) Understanding the intricacies of balancing individual and public good
Students will be supported to be responsible and ethical citizens who use their inter-cultural understanding to contribute to their local and global communities. Students will develop graduate capabilities through research and oral presentations enabling them to contribute meaningfully towards a more equitable and sustainable world.
Relationship to professional accreditation requirements N/A
Reading material will be negotiated in consultation with the supervisor and will be appropriate to the topic under investigation.
Joyner, R.L., Rouse, W. and Glatthorn, A.A., (2013) Writing the Winning Thesis or Dissertation: A Step-by-Step Guide 1st ed. Corwin Press.