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Master of Computing Research (2016)

The Master of Computing Research provides the opportunity for critical reflection on professional practice in information and communication technology and closely related fields. Students extend their knowledge of the discipline of information and communication technology and develops the attributes required to successfully identify, investigate and resolve problems confronting these fields. Students carry out research into a current problem confronting information and communication technology and present the findings.

Duration
2 years part-time
Intakes
2 sessions a year
Study mode
Online
Units of Study
4 subjects 

Course Details

The aim of this course is to provide professionals skills in research.

Upon completion of this course, graduates will possess:

    • The ability to formulate good research questions in a computing discipline
    • The ability able to critically evaluate the approaches to address research problems
    • The ability to successfully complete a major draft of a literature review for a doctoral dissertation
    • A strong familiarity with the major research issues to be addressed when designing a research methodology for a research study
    • The ability to produce authoritative reports that help solve a problem.

Subjects

A student with less than Credit average in the four coursework subjects or those who wish to discontinue the Doctor of Information Technology will be able to exit with the Master of Computing Research.

Core Subjects
ITC711
Research Issues in IT
ITC712
Conducting a Research Project in IT
ITC713
Research Plan in IT
ITC714
Research Development in IT

Abstract

This subject allows students to develop research skills that are necessary to identify a research problem in the Information Technology (IT) discipline. The subject will cover areas such as identifying a research problem in IT, formulating a hypothesis, critical reading skills, literature review, selecting and evaluating a variety of sources of information and academic writing. By the end of the subject students should be able to identify and justify a research problem in an IT discipline, compile an annotated bibliography and write a literature review.

ITC711 - Research Issues in IT will cover the following topics:

  • Academic writing skills for scholarly presentation.
  • Information literacy skills.
  • Literature review in a chosen area.
  • Research paradigms and analysis.
  • Formulating research questions and hypothesis.

Assessment

  1. Outline document (25%)
  2. Literature Review (4000 words - 35%)
  3. Draft Proposal (4000 words- 40%)

Subject Availability

Session 1 (Feb), Session 2 (July)

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Abstract

This subject will enable students to choose and justify a research methodology from a broad range of quantitative and qualitative research methods relevant across the Information Technology (IT) discipline. Students will prepare a research plan incorporating a critique of existing knowledge, appropriate research methodology, suitable data collection techniques and an outline of the ethical issues impacting their research topic. Students are provided the opportunity to write a substantial proportion of their methodology/data collection chapter and publish their preliminary work by identifying a publication outlet, such as a journal or conference, and providing the publication template.

ITC712 - Conducting a Research Project in IT will cover the following topics:

  • Qualitative and quantitative research methods and techniques in IT.
  • Limitations of different research approaches.
  • Data collection and data analysis techniques.
  • Research findings and interpretation skills.
  • Techniques to discuss the results.

Assessment

  1. Short presentation (5-8 slides - 5%)
  2. Methodology (2500-3000 words - 30%)
  3. Short presentation (5-8 slides - 5%)
  4. Final Article (4500- 5000 words - 60%)

Subject Availability

Session 1 (Feb), Session 2 (July)

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Abstract

In this subject students will formalise the research methodology in their research plan and extend on their literature review from ITC711 in order to understand the major concepts, issues, problems, theories, and gaps within their field of research. Students will be expected to thoroughly understand the strengths and weaknesses of the methodologies by which knowledge in the field has been acquired. In addition, this subject explores the research ethics relevant to the student’s area of research. By the end of the subject students should be able to develop a framework of their research based on relevant literature and appropriate methodology, and where applicable submit an ethics application.

ITC713 - Research Issues in IT will cover the following topics:

  • Identifying gaps in the literature.
  • Advanced research methods and techniques.
  • Application of different research approaches.
  • Advanced empirical research methods.
  • Ethical issues in the proposed field of study.

Assessment

  1. Research Topic Choice (700 words - 20%)
  2. Advanced Literature Review (5000 words - 40%)
  3. Research Project Proposal (5000 words- 40%)

Subject Availability

Session 1 (Feb), Session 2 (July)

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Abstract

This subject builds on the extensive review of the research topic in the area of Information Technology (IT) that students commenced in previous coursework subjects in the course. The subject requires students to reflect on their research plan, develop a detailed research proposal, with ethics approval as appropriate, defend their research proposal, and collect data using appropriate data collection techniques. Students will develop expertise relating to a major research issue and will have the opportunity to publish their research in academic conference proceedings or refereed journals.

ITC714 - Research Development in IT will cover the following topics:

  • Requirements for academic writing at scholarly level.
  • Synthesizing research results.
  • Reporting research findings.
  • Writing and defending a thesis research proposal.
  • The art of publishing an article in a refereed journal.
  • Advanced statistical and mathematical techniques.

Assessment

  1. Data Preparation and Experimental Design (20%)
  2. Research Proposal (20%)
  3. Results Analysis and Presentation (30%)
  4. Journal Article Submission (30%)

Subject Availability

Session 1 (Feb), Session 2 (July)

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Entry requirements

Candidates admitted to the course will:

  • hold a Class 1 or Class 2 Division 1 Honours degree in a computing related discipline, or a Master’s degree in a computing related discipline;
  • meet the University’s English language proficiency requirements;
  • normally be required to certify that they have access to an appropriate organisation to carry out their empirical research work.

These admission requirements are necessary to ensure that candidates have sufficient academic ability and professional experience to conduct research that leads to advanced, critical reflection on professional practice in information technology.

Information on applying can be found on the How to Apply help page.

Exit points

With the approval of the course coordinator students may elect to transfer and exit from the course after the completion of any two subjects (32 points) with a Graduate Certificate in Computing Research.

Fees

Domestic Students
$3500 AUD per 8 point subject
International Students
$4200 AUD per 8 point subject

Please note that the four subjects are 16 point (double) subjects.  

More information on Fees can be found on the Fees page.

If you want to reduce your cost per course you may be eligible for credit.

Credit

Academic credit is available to students who can provide proof they have passed relevant industry certification examinations or who have completed previous study. No fees are charged for subjects students receive credit for.

Prospective students can obtain an estimate of credit entitlements from Industry Examinations by filling out the Credit Eligibility Form.

NOTE: The actual level of credit awarded will be confirmed upon acceptance into the Degree.

Find out more with a personalised assessment of your eligibility, or apply now!