Minor Research Project

Subject COMP90030 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 25
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 25-Jul-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 05-Aug-2016
Census Date 31-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Regular contact of at least one hour per week with project supervisor.
Total Time Commitment:

400 hours


Completion of 50 points of Computing and Information Systems graduate level subjects with an average mark of at least 70%. The 50 points excludes:

  • COMP90007 Internet Technologies
  • COMP90038 Algorithms and Complexity
  • COMP90041 Programming and Software Development
  • SINF90001/INFO90002 Database Systems and Information Modelling.

Students must obtain approval to enrol from the Subject Coordinator.



Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:

433-699 Minor Research Project

433-690 Information Technology Project

Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/disability


Prof James Bailey


Prof James Bailey

email: baileyj@unimelb.edu.au

Please note: The coordinator of the subject may not be the supervisor of the project.

Subject Overview:


Students undertake a research investigation under the supervision of a member of the academic staff and in the context of one of the departmental research groups.


As a research subject, content is different for each student. Common content includes research methodology, literature search, and scientific writing, and giving scientific presentations.

Learning Outcomes:


The purpose of this subject is to allow students to get some research experience by studying a selected topic in detail under the supervision of a member of academic staff. The subject will provide research training and skills in:

  1. Problem analysis
  2. Design and development of complex software systems.

  • One 6,000-8,000 word research report, due in the first week of the examination period, requiring approximately 320 hours of work (90%)
  • One 15 minute presentation, including answering audience questions, of the work or demonstration of a working system, requiring approximately 25-30 hours of work, given in week 12 (10%).
  • The research report will present an introduction to the field of research and the topic addressed, explain the work undertaken in this project, relate the work to previous work in the field, and explain the significance of the results.
  • Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) 1 and 2, and generic skills 1, 2 and 3 are addressed as part of the supervision process. Generic skill 4 is addressed by the final report, and skill 5 is assessed by the final presentation.
Prescribed Texts:


Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject students should have the following skills:

  • Be able to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution
  • Have a capacity for independent critical thought, rational inquiry and self-directed learning
  • Have a profound respect for truth and intellectual integrity, and for the ethics of scholarship
  • Be able to present work in written form
  • Be able to present work orally and answer questions about it.



This is purely a research subject. There are two lectures of up to one hour duration covering the running of the subject and on how to give a research presentation. Additionally there are individual meetings with an academic supervisor of at least 12 hours over the semester to provide readings, give feedback on the student’s work and guide research direction.


The key learning resource for this subject is one-on-one academic guidance.


Individual projects may have some industry involvement. The skills of carrying out independent research, writing reports, and preparing and giving presentations are valued in industry.

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