Credit points: 30

Subject outline

Students undertake research, across both CSE5001 and CSE5TSB, that takes the equivalent of eight or nine months of continuous work under the supervision of a member of staff. In the first semester, a literature review is written up and submitted as a hurdle requirement for the subject. A list of prospective thesis topics is available from the Department of Computer Science and Information Technology.

SchoolEngineering and Mathematical Sciences

Credit points30

Subject Co-ordinatorHenry Duh

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesStudents will attend a series of seminars during the initial weeks of the semester. These seminars will address research methods and topics in the various subfields of computer science and information technology. Students will write unstructured reflections on each of these seminars. The seminar series will culminate in a series of presentations regarding prospective thesis topics, at which point students will select the topic for their literature review and research proposal. Students will reconvene for a full day of presentations in Week 10 of the semester to give an oral presentation of their research proposal. Each student will review each other student’s presentation. Each student will subsequently write a reflective critique of their own research proposal, informed by the other students’ reviews.

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsThe thesis is available to students enrolled in honours year programs offered by the Department of Computer Science & Information Technology. The thesis is also available to Masters students who meet the criteria. This subject together with CSE5TSB must be completed consecutively over two semesters.

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Find past research and assess its quality and relevance.
02. Develop a research proposal and a plan to investigate that proposal.
03. Write a literature survey and research proposal in suitable academic style.
04. Demonstrate ethical research conduct, with a specific focus on plagiarism.
05. Critically review existing research and research proposals of other students.
06. Critically reflect on ones own writing and research proposal.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorHenry Duh

Class requirements

SeminarWeek: 30 - 42
Fifteen 2.00 hours seminar per study period on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via blended.

SeminarWeek: 40 - 40
One 8.00 hours seminar per study period on weekdays during the day from week 40 to week 40 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

10x seminar commentaries (250 words each; 1000 words equivalent)

N/APortfolioIndividualNo10 SILO4, SILO5

Critical reviews of other students presentations (1000 words equivalent)

N/APortfolioIndividualNo10 SILO4, SILO5

Critical reflection on research presentation and other students critical reviews (1000 words equivalent)

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo10 SILO6

20 minute in-class oral research presentation (1000 words equivalent)

N/AOral presentationIndividualNo20 SILO1, SILO2

Literature survey including a research proposal equivalent to 5,000 words

N/AReportIndividualNo50 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4