MIT653 Research Methods

Unit outline

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Enrolment modes: Year 2, Semester 1
Credit point(s): 12.5
EFTSL value: 0.125
Prerequisite: Completion of 8 units
Typical study commitment: Students will on average spend 10 hours per week over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.
Scheduled learning activities: 4 timetabled hours per week, 6 personal study hours per week

Unit description 

This unit provides students with an opportunity to conduct autonomous research with limited supervision and develop relevant research skills. Students will learn about research methodologies and different steps involved in research with focus on a real-world approach in information technology. The unit is also designed to enhance students’ skills of literature comprehension, research report writing and oral presentation. Students will develop a research proposal for an information technology research topic.

Unit learning outcomes (ULO)   

On the successful completion of this units student will be able to:
ULO1 Analyse research problems in the field of information technology.
ULO2 Develop an understanding of research methods to analyse and solve problems.
ULO3 Plan a research project and formulate research questions.
ULO4 Critically review literature to collect and process information.
ULO5 Compose and present a research proposal for a real-world research problem.

Topics to be included in the unit

1. Introduction to research process
2. Research strategies and design
3. Planning research and developing research questions
4. Conducting a literature review
5. Research paradigms, quantitative and qualitative research
6. Qualitative research methods
7. Analysing qualitative data
8. Quantitative research methods
9. Analysing quantitative data
10. Privacy
11. Research integrity and ethical considerations
12. Mixed methods research & Revision


Assessment Description Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week 
Assessment 1: Group Report 30% 5
Assessment 2: Group Presentation 15% 6
Assessment 3: Group Research 40% 12
Assessment 4: Group Research Presentation 15% Final exam week

The assessment due weeks provided may change. Your lecturer will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.