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Information Technology Research Methods (ICT615)

Organisational Unit Information Technology, Mathematics and Statistics
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This unit is designed to provide an introduction to research for students in information technology areas. It will focus on the kinds of research questions addressed in ICT research, and introduce students to the broad range of research approaches used in ICT research including: design research, experimental research, survey research, action research and case study research. Students will gain the knowledge and skills needed to critically evaluate studies in the ICT literature.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
ULO1. Demonstrate an understanding of the varying contexts within which ICT research is conducted
ULO2. Utilise online databases to obtain relevant literature for a research project
ULO3. Write a literature review that critically evaluates the quality of published ICT research
ULO4. Formulate research objectives and research questions
ULO5. Make appropriate choices of research design and methods
ULO6. Plan a research study to investigate a problem
ULO7. Write a research paper
ULO8. Be aware of ethical considerations in research
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1 hour per week; lab tutorials: 2 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is a collaborative one. Key concepts will be covered in weekly lectures. Each lab tutorial will include a mixture of discussions and activities. There are objectives and readings for each topic and you are expected to be able to contribute to the discussion of each objective and to participate in activities during lab tutorials. Students are encouraged to raise issues related to their own research experiences and future research plans.
Assessment Assessment in this unit will involve a mixture of individual and group tasks. There is an emphasis on ongoing assessment during the semester. You will be assessed on the following:
* Lab tutorial exercises (10%)
* Literature Review and Research Paper Evaluation (20%)
* Research project (30%)
* Closed book final examination (40%)

Written feedback will be provided for all submitted work. Verbal feedback will be provided for class activities on a weekly basis either individually or as a group depending on the task.
Prerequisites Enrolment in a graduate IT course or permission of the Academic Chair.
Exclusions Students who have completed ICT650 Information Technology Research Methods may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Business Information Systems Honours (BSc(Hons))
Computer Science Honours (BSc(Hons))
Cyber Security and Forensics Honours (BSc(Hons))
Games Software Design and Production Honours (BSc(Hons))
Games Technology Honours (BSc(Hons))
Internetworking and Network Security Honours (BSc(Hons))
Mobile and Web Application Development Honours (BSc(Hons))
Graduate Diploma in Information Technology Management (GradDipITMan)
Graduate Diploma in Internetworking and Security (GradDipIntwkSecur)
Master of Engineering (ME)
Master of Information Technology (MIT)
Master of Science in Information Technology (MScIT) [New in 2020]
Doctor of Information Technology (DIT)
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 Alex Wang
Senior Lecturer in Information Technology

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2793
e: A.Wang@murdoch.edu.au
o: 245.1.005 - Building 245, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Dr Alex Wang
Senior Lecturer in Information Technology

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2793
e: A.Wang@murdoch.edu.au
o: 245.1.005 - Building 245, Murdoch Campus
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