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INFO4991: IT Research Thesis A (2019 - Semester 2)

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Unit: INFO4991: IT Research Thesis A (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Honours
Faculty/School: School of Computer Science
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Poon, Josiah
Session options: Semester 1, Semester 2
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: Enrolment in BIT Honours
Co-Requisites: INFO5993.
Brief Handbook Description: Students enrolled in the Honours programs study various advanced aspects of Information Technology. The program may include lectures, tutorials, seminars and practicals. They will undertake a research project. Assessment will include the project and may include examinations and classwork.
Assumed Knowledge: None.
Additional Notes: INFO4991 and INFO4992 together form the Honours Research thesis. It is allowed to enrol in one of these units in one semester, and the other the following semester; the same mark and grade is given for both once they have both been completed.
Department Permission Department permission is required for enrollment in this session.
Timetable: INFO4991 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Research 12.00 1

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
Produce an original contribution to the field. Design (Level 4)
Know the state-of-the-art in a topic, in order to advance beyond it. Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 4)
Write a thesis describing and evaluating the research contribution. Communication (Level 4)
Manage one`s time while coping with the uncertainties of original research. Professional Conduct (Level 4)

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.

Design (Level 4)
1. Make an original contribution to the field
Communication (Level 4)
2. Write a thesis presenting and evaluating one's original contribution, in a style suitable for the academic literature
Project and Team Skills (Level 4)
3. Carry out an extended supervised research project
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Thesis No 100.00 Week 13 1, 2, 3,
Assessment Description: Thesis: Each report is assessed by two people who meet the following requirements: (a) neither of them have played a supervisory role in the research project (b) at least one of them is an academic staff from the School of IT (usually both examiners meet this requirement) (c) one of them is from the research area and is knowledgeable about the topic of the report (d) one of them is from outside the research area
Grading:
Grade Type Description
Grading Schema 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 Assessment Due: Thesis

Course Relations

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

Course Year(s) Offered
Bachelor of Computer Science and Technology (Honours) 2015, 2016, 2017
Bachelor of Computer Science and Technology (Honours) 2014 2013, 2014
Biomedical - Information Technology Major 2013, 2014
Software / Arts 2015
Software / Commerce 2015
Software / Science 2015
Software Engineering / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Software Engineering / Commerce 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Software Engineering / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Bachelor of Information Technology 2015, 2016, 2017
Bachelor of Information Technology/Bachelor of Arts 2015, 2016, 2017
Bachelor of Information Technology/Bachelor of Commerce 2015, 2016, 2017
Bachelor of Information Technology/Bachelor of Medical Science 2015, 2016, 2017
Bachelor of Information Technology/Bachelor of Science 2015, 2016, 2017
Bachelor of Information Technology (Computer Science) 2014 and earlier 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Information Technology (Computer Science)/Arts 2012, 2013, 2014
Information Technology (Computer Science) / Commerce 2012, 2013, 2014
Information Technology (Computer Science) / Medical Science 2012, 2013, 2014
Information Technology (Computer Science) / Science 2012, 2013, 2014
Information Technology (Computer Science) / Law 2012, 2013, 2014
Bachelor of Information Technology (Information Systems) 2014 and earlier 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Information Technology (Information Systems)/Arts 2012, 2013, 2014
Information Technology (Information Systems) / Commerce 2012, 2013, 2014
Information Technology (Information Systems) / Medical Science 2012, 2013, 2014
Information Technology (Information Systems) / Science 2012, 2013, 2014
Information Technology (Information Systems) / Law 2012, 2013, 2014
Bachelor of Information Technology/Bachelor of Laws 2015, 2016, 2017

Course Goals

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

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Design (Level 4) Yes 33.33%
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 4) Yes 0%
Communication (Level 4) Yes 33.33%
Project and Team Skills (Level 4) No 33.33%
Professional Conduct (Level 4) Yes 0%
Information Seeking (Level 4) No 0%
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 4) No 0%

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.