Health IT Project

Subject ISYS90079 (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:

Summer Term, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 04-Jan-2016 to 14-Feb-2016
Assessment Period End 26-Feb-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 08-Jan-2016
Census Date 15-Jan-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 05-Feb-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: 24 hours, comprising of one 1 hour seminar per week, plus regular contact equivalent to one hour per week with a project supervisor.
Total Time Commitment:

400 hours


Enrolment in the Health specialisation of the Master of Information Technology, with completion of 50 points of Computing and Information Systems subjects at graduate level excluding the following subjects:

  • COMP90007 Internet Technologies
  • COMP90038 Algorithms and Complexity
  • COMP90041 Programming and Software Development
  • INFO90002 Database Systems and Information Modelling (prior to 2015 this subject was known as SINF90001)

Students should negotiate a project topic with a project supervisor well before the start of each semester. Students should then prepare a proposal to present their case to enrol to the subject and also to document the project timeline and details.

Students need to obtain the approval of the degree coordinator on their proposal by the first week of the semester to be able to enrol to this subject



Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


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:


Assoc Prof Kathleen Gray


Dr Kathleen Gray


Subject Overview:


This subject involves in-depth investigation of a significant problem related to Health IT. The subject also provides students with skills and knowledge for analysing and solving problems, and enhanced written and oral communication skills.

The subject is fundamentally a research-based project, to provide a capstone experience and produce a piece of scholarly work suitable for conference or journal publication.

Indicative Content

Project topics must relate to the content of another MIT (Health) subject, i.e.

  • ISYS90069 eHealth and Biomedical Informatics Systems
  • INFO90001 eHealth and Biomedical Informatics Methods
  • ISYS90078 Health Data, Information and Knowledge
  • ISYS90076 IT Infrastructure for eHealth
  • ISYS90077 eHealth Applications and Solutions
Learning Outcomes:

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

On completion of this subject the student is expected to:

  1. Independently investigate topic areas relating to Health IT
  2. Synthesise work related to the topic of study
  3. Write and present a proposal and report
  1. Project proposal (10%) of approximately 1000 words due at the end of week 1 , requiring approximately 25-30 hours of work. Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) 1 and 2 are addressed in this assignment. The project proposal is a hurdle and must be passed to pass the subject.
  2. Presentation of the project or demonstration of a working system including answering audience questions (10%) of approximately 20 minutes duration due in week 12, requiring approximately 25-30 hours of work. ILOs 2 and 3 are addressed in this The presentation or demonstration is a hurdle and must be passed to pass the subject.
  3. Project report (80%) of approximately 5,000 - 6,000 words, due in week 12, requiring approximately 200-240 hours of work. ILOs 2 and 3 are addressed in the project report. The project report is a hurdle and must be passed to pass the subject.

Hurdle requirement: to pass the subject, students must obtain:

  • at least 50% of the marks available in the project proposal
  • at least 50% of the marks available in the presentation or demonstration
  • at least 50% of the marks available in the project report.

Prescribed Texts:


Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject, students should have developed the following generic 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

Learning and Teaching Methods

This subject is offered as a one 1- hour seminar per week over 12 weeks; independent learning comprises the majority of student time.

Subject documents and class records are handled using LMS Blackboard and online forums are used for peer and academic support of students during independent learning.

Indicative Key Learning Resources

Key learning resources will be negotiated between teaching staff and individual students, depending on the topic chosen for the project.

Careers/Industry Links

This subject is important in the field of eHealth and biomedical informatics, i.e. work that concerns the acquisition, storage, retrieval and use of information in, about and for human health, and the design and management of related solutions to advance the understanding and practice of healthcare. This subject is offered jointly by the Faculty of Engineering and the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, and also uses expertise from industry and government. In particular, this subject prepares students to undertake further independent research in academic or industry settings.

Related Course(s): Master of Information Technology
Master of Information Technology
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: MIT Health Specialisation

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