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ITC536 Research Plan in IT (16)


In this subject students will formalise the research methodology in their research plan and extend on their literature review from ITC534 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 ethical issues relevant to the student’s area of research. During this subject students will develop a framework of their research based on relevant literature and appropriate methodology, and where applicable submit an ethics application.

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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One session.HD/FLSchool of Computing and Mathematics

Assumed Knowledge


Enrolment restrictions

Available only to Master of Computing Research students.
Not available to students who have completed ITC713.
Incompatible subject(s)Related subject(s)
ITC713 ITC713 Paired Subject

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to independently and systematically explore an area of research within IT and how it interrelates with other IT issues;
  • be able to analyse and critique a range of controversial issues drawn from literature related to the area of research;
  • be able to demonstrate advanced academic writing skills;
  • be able to compare and contrast research methods in IT;
  • be able to identify ethical issues around a research problem.


The subject 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.


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.