The focus of this unit is the investigative skills required to conduct research in industry or within a higher degree by research. Students will gain advanced skills to conduct research in Science and Technology disciplines and to prepare them for carrying out independent research in thesis units. They will be trained in writing a research proposal to develop their research project. Instruction will be provided in conducting a critical literature review to contextualise proposed research. Students will learn to critically evaluate ethical issues related to their topic. Oral and written communication skills will be developed through presentation and research assignments.  

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Critically discuss social and ethical issues in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) domains;  
  2. Critically reflect on the current state of an aspect of information technology based on the existing literature;  
  3. Communicate research concepts to specialist and non-specialist audiences;  
  4. Strategise and implement concepts associated with writing a research thesis, such as planning and structure; and  
  5. Prepare and critically evaluate research plan for further investigation to contribute to the evidence base within the discipline of IT.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Ethics Issues (2,000 words) 25%
Assignment Literature review (2,000 words) 30%
Assignment Research Proposal, Methodology, Experiment Design (4,000 words) 45%

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