IT Industry Placement

Subject ISYS90080 (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 online/distance.
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 online/distance.
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 online/distance.
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: 36 hours, comprising of an average of 2 hours of meetings with academic and industrial supervisors per week.
Total Time Commitment:

400 hours


Enrolment in any specialisation of the Master of Information Technology, with completion of 50 points 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)

and subject to the approval of the subject coordinator.



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 Egemen Tanin, Dr Nir Lipovetzky


Semester 1 and Summer Term

Assoc Prof Egemin Tanin

Semester 2

Dr Nir Lipovetzky

Subject Overview:


Candidates will undertake as individuals or as a member of a team a designated investigative project with a suitable industry partner which could involve critical analysis of a topic, experimental research, development and/or the solution of an industrial problem. Rigorous planning and scheduling of the project, time management, written and verbal technical communication, interpretation of results and team work will be required. The project will involve a mixture of on- and off-campus work.

This subject is intended to provide high-performing graduate students with the opportunity to apply their knowledge in an industry setting, under the joint supervision of an industry and academic mentor.

Indicative Content

The project content will vary considerably across partners, but example projects are: assistance in the development of a GPU library for weather forecasting; the implementation of a series of algorithms for tracking trends in social media data; and the analysis of traffic flow data using optimisation techniques.

Learning Outcomes:

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

On completion of this subject the student is expected to:

  1. Plan and conduct an independent project within an industrial setting
  2. Communicate their research plan orally to an audience of their peers
  3. Present a detailed written report
  • One project proposal (10%) of approximately 800 to 1000 words due at the end of week 4, requiring 35-40 hours of work. Intended Learning Outcome (ILO) 1 is addressed in the project proposal.
  • One 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 35-40 hours of work. ILOs 1 and 2 are addressed in the presentation.
  • One project report (80%) of approximately 8000 to 10000 words due in the second week of the examination period (80%), requiring 300-320 hours of work per student. ILOs 1 and 3 are addressed 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:

  • Ability to apply knowledge of basic science and IT fundamentals
  • Ability to communicate effectively, not only with IT specialists but also with the community at large
  • In-depth technical competence in at least one IT discipline
  • Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution
  • Ability to function effectively as an individual and in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams, with the capacity to be a leader or manager as well as an effective team member
  • Capacity for independent critical thought, rational inquiry and self-directed learning
  • Intellectual curiosity and creativity, including understanding of the philosophical and methodological bases of research activity
  • Profound respect for truth and intellectual integrity, and for the ethics of scholarship

Learning and Teaching Methods

The subject is taken on-site with an industry partner, with joint supervision from an industry mentor and an academic supervisor, on a project pre-agreed upon between the student, the mentor and the supervisor.

Indicative Key Learning Resources

Most of the learning in this subject will take place in interaction with the industry partner, through the project.

Careers/Industry Links

The subject is, by definition, industry based.

Related Course(s): Master of Information Systems
Master of Information Systems
Master of Information Systems
Master of Information Technology
Master of Information Technology
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: MIS Professional Specialisation
MIT Computing Specialisation
MIT Distributed Computing Specialisation
MIT Health Specialisation
MIT Spatial Specialisation

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