ITC713 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 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.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
DistanceWagga Wagga Campus
Session 2
DistanceWagga Wagga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ITC713
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Computing and Mathematics

Assumed Knowledge


Enrolment restrictions

Doctor of Information Technology students only.
Not available to students who have completed ITC536.
Incompatible subject(s)Related subject(s)
ITC536 ITC536 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.