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Applied Research Skills in ICT (BSC301)

Organisational Unit Information Technology, Mathematics and Statistics
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
DUBAI-ISC: TJD-internal, TSD-internal
KAPLAN-SGP: TJA-internal, TSA-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This unit provides students with further experience in the approaches used in the practice of research in information and communications technology. Students undertake group research projects on areas related to their major and also gain project management experience in ensuring that the project is successfully completed. The unit is intended to deepen students' understanding of fundamental conceptual, methodological and implementation issues in ICT research. Presentation and communication of scientific results are also emphasised.
Unit Learning Outcomes On completion of this unit you should be able to:
1. Develop research designs for potential research projects
2. Use project management techniques to plan and manage a group project
3. Prepare a research proposal for a project designed to address an ICT research problem
4. Conduct a group ICT research project
5. Communicate research processes and outcomes both orally and in written form
6. Understand and apply the guidelines for ethics approval of research projects
Timetabled Learning Activities Lecture/workshop: 1 hour per week.
All offerings of this unit include the equivalent of 30 hours of structured learning.
Unit Learning Experiences The unit will have 1 hour workshops/lectures. The initial classes will be used to organise the groups and ensure that students have the necessary basic research skills to plan the research projects. The later classes will be used to focus on additional skills and to enable groups to share experiences. Each group will also meet with their supervisor for 1 hour per week. Individual groups are also expected to hold at least a 1-hour (unsupervised) team meeting each week.

External students will be able to access lecture material from the LMS, and will be assigned to mixed groups with internal students, using collaboration technologies such as Skype to interact with fellow group members and their supervisor.
Other Learning Experiences Supervisor meeting: 1 hour per week.
Assessment The assessment in this unit is intended to provide you with the experience of undertaking a complete research project and disseminating its results. Written feedback will be provided for all submitted work. Verbal feedback will be provided on a weekly basis in supervisor meetings.
You will be assessed on the following:
Research Proposal and Project Management (20%) - Written - 15%; Oral - 5%
Self/Peer Reflections 1 & 2 (15%) - Individual Reflection - 15%
Research Report (45%) - Project results will be reported in the form of a research article, including future directions for the research - 45%
Project Management Report (20%) - Project management documents created and used during the project - 20%
Prerequisites BSC203 Introduction to ICT Research Methods and enrolment in one of the following Information Technology majors: Computer Science or Business Information Systems or Cyber Forensics and Information Security or Games Software Design and Production, or Games Technology or Internetworking and Network Security or Mobile and Web Application Development.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Business Information Systems (BSc) [New in 2014]
Computer Science (BSc) [New in 2014]
Cyber Security and Forensics (BSc) [New in 2014]
Games Software Design and Production (BSc) [New in 2014]
Games Technology (BSc) [New in 2014]
Internetworking and Network Security (BSc) [New in 2014]
Mobile and Web Application Development (BSc) [New in 2014]
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Dr Graham Mann
Senior Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 7270
e: G.Mann@murdoch.edu.au
o: 245.1.013 - Building 245, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

Dr Guanjin Wang
Lecturer in Information Technology

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 7351
e: Guanjin.Wang@murdoch.edu.au
o: 245.1.028 - Building 245, Murdoch Campus

MURDOCH: S1-External
MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Dr Graham Mann
Senior Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 7270
e: G.Mann@murdoch.edu.au
o: 245.1.013 - Building 245, Murdoch Campus
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