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COMP5704: IT Research Project B (2019 - Semester 2)

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Unit: COMP5704: IT Research Project B (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
Faculty/School: School of Computer Science
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Kuan, Kevin
Session options: Semester 1, Semester 2
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Prohibitions: COMP5707 OR COMP5708 OR COMP5703. Students enrolling (and eligible) for the IT Research Project are not eligible to enrol in the IT Capstone Project Units.
Brief Handbook Description: The Information Technology Research Project provides an opportunity for students to carry out a defined piece of independent research or design. These skills include the capacity to define a research or design question, show how it relates to existing knowledge and carry out the research or design in a systematic manner. Students will be expected to define an original research project that demonstrates their prior learning in their advanced IT specialist domain (MIT) or the management of IT (MITM) or both technical and IT management domains (MIT/MITM). The results will be presented in a final project presentation and report.

It is not expected that the project outcomes from this unit will represent a significant contribution to new knowledge. The unit aims to provide students with the opportunity to carry out a defined piece of independent research work in a setting and manner that fosters the development of IT skills in research.
Assumed Knowledge: INFO5993. Students should take INFO5993 - Research Methods in IT either concurrently or prior to undertaking this project unit.
Additional Notes: A candidate for the MIT, MITM or MIT / MITM who has completed 24 credit points from Core, Specialist or Foundation units of study may take this unit.

Eligible students for the IT Research project will be required to complete both COMP5702 (12CPS) & COMP5704 (6 CPS), totaling 18 CPS. In addition, students should take INFO5993 - Research Methods in IT either concurrently or prior to undertaking this project unit.

Department permission required for enrolment. COMP5702 and COMP5704 together form the Research thesis of MIT/MITM Research track. The same mark and grade is given for both units after completion of the project.
Department Permission Department permission is required for enrollment in this session.
Lecturer/s: Dr Kuan, Kevin
Timetable: COMP5704 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Research 22.00 1
2 Meeting 2.00 1 13

Attributes listed here represent the key course goals (see Course Map tab) designated for this unit. The list below describes how these attributes are developed through practice in the unit. See Learning Outcomes and Assessment tabs for details of how these attributes are assessed.

Attribute Development Method Attribute Developed
The ability to identify and design an original approach to an IT problem will be assessed throughout the formulation of the project proposal, progress report and final report/deliverables. Design (Level 5)
The ability to apply IT domain knowledge and skills will be assessed throughout the project proposal, progress reports and final report. Know the state-of-the-art in a topic, in order to advance beyond it. Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 5)
The ability to use appropriate methods and tools to critically analyse and evaluate data, draw appropriate conclusions and present those conclusions in context will be assessed during the presentation and final report. Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 5)
The ability to apply recent IT literature to the project will be assessed in the project proposal and final project report. Information Seeking (Level 5)
The ability to communicate will be assessed during the final presentation and report. Students will be expected to present written and oral work to client and other stakeholders and also to academic assessors, with consideration for the needs and interests of various target groups and to understand instructions from client and other stakeholders. Communication (Level 5)
The ability to develop, substantiate and articulate professional positions on issues relevant to the chosen area of practice will be assessed throughout the project. Ability to critically reflect on and evaluate the outcomes and process of the project. Professional Conduct (Level 5)
The ability to manage the practical implementation of a project will be assessed in the student`s ability to work effectively in a team. This will included the ability to manage time and resources, formulate a project plans, understand and mitigate risks and follow a defined process carefully. Project and Team Skills (Level 5)

For explanation of attributes and levels see Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018.

Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.

Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 5)
1. The ability to utilise prior domain knowledge to define and develop a research/development project relevant to an advanced IT specialist domain (MIT) or the management of IT (MITM) or both technical and IT management domains (MIT/MITM).
Design (Level 5)
2. Ability to initiate, formulate and plan an original IT research project based on research and development.
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 5)
3. Ability to analyse and synthesise information, draw appropriate conclusions and present those conclusions in context, with due consideration of methods and assumptions involved.
Information Seeking (Level 5)
4. Demonstrate knowledge of recent IT research literature and possess an ability to apply research to their own project.
Communication (Level 5)
5. Ability to document, report and present project work undertaken to engage an academic and/or professional audience.
Professional Conduct (Level 5)
6. Ability to develop, substantiate and articulate professional positions on issues relevant to the chosen area of practice. Ability to critically reflect on and evaluate the outcomes and process of the project.
Project and Team Skills (Level 5)
7. Ability to plan a semester-long project, incorporating risk mitigation strategies and follow the plan methodically.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Thesis No 5.00 Previous Semester 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7,
Grading:
Grade Type Description
Grading Schema For students in the research path we apply the rules of Honours.

Examiners assess the thesis reports based on the following marking scheme. These descriptions are based on standards of work expected from students who will qualify for the award of various grade of Honours; however students are reminded that Honours is awarded based on an overall mark that combines the score from the thesis with coursework units.

95-100

Outstanding quality, as expected from students who obtain First Class Honours with clear University Medal. Demonstrates independent thought throughout, a flair for the subject, comprehensive knowledge of the subject area and a level of achievement similar to that expected by first rate academic journals. This mark reflects an exceptional achievement with a high degree of initiative and self-reliance, considerable student input into the direction of the study, and critical evaluation of the established work in the area.

90-94

Standard of work expected from students who obtain First Class Honours and can be considered for a University Medal. Very high standard of work similar to above but there is a lower level of performance in certain categories or areas of study above.

80-89

Standard of work expected from students who obtain First Class Honours, showing a command of the field both broad and deep, with the presentation of some novel insights. Students will have shown a solid foundation of conceptual thought and a breadth of factual knowledge of the discipline, clear familiarity with and ability to use central methodology and experimental practices of the discipline, and clear evidence of some independence of thought in the subject area. Some student input into the direction of the study or development of techniques, and critical discussion of the outcomes.

75-79

Standard of work expected from students who obtain Second Class Honours, First Division. Students will have shown a command of the theory and practice of the discipline. They will have demonstrated their ability to conduct work at an independent level and complete tasks in a timely manner, and have an adequate understanding of the background factual basis of the subject. Student shows some initiative but is more reliant on other people for ideas and techniques and project is dependent on supervisor’s suggestions. Student is dedicated to work and capable of undertaking a higher degree.

70-74

Standard of work expected from students who obtain Second Class Honours, Second Division. Student is proficient in the theory and practice of their discipline but has not developed complete independence of thought, practical mastery or clarity of presentation. Student shows adequate but limited understanding of the topic and has largely followed the direction of the supervisor.

65-69

Standard of work expected from students who obtain Third Class Honours. Performance indicates that the student has successfully completed the work, but at a standard barely meeting honours criteria. The student’s understanding of the topic is extremely limited and they have shown little or no independence of thought or performance.

50-64

The student has successfully completed the project but the standard of work is not of Honours quality.
Policies & Procedures: IMPORTANT: School policy relating to Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism.

In assessing a piece of submitted work, the School of Computer Science may reproduce it entirely, may provide a copy to another member of faculty, and/or to an external plagiarism checking service or in-house computer program and may also maintain a copy of the assignment for future checking purposes and/or allow an external service to do so.

Other policies

See the policies page of the faculty website at http://sydney.edu.au/engineering/student-policies/ for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar https://web.timetable.usyd.edu.au/calendar.jsp

Week Description
Week 13 Due date: thesis
Previous Semester Assessment Due: Thesis

Course Relations

The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.

Course Year(s) Offered
Master of Information Technology 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Information Technology Management 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of IT/Master of IT Management 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Information Technology (till 2014) 2014
Master of Information Technology Management (till 2014) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

Course Goals

This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 5) Yes 0.5%
Design (Level 5) Yes 1%
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 5) Yes 1%
Information Seeking (Level 5) Yes 0.5%
Communication (Level 5) Yes 1%
Professional Conduct (Level 5) Yes 0.5%
Project and Team Skills (Level 5) Yes 0.5%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.