Course Title: Minor Thesis Part 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Minor Thesis Part 1

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


620H Business IT and Logistics


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 2 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015

Course Coordinator: Professor Nilmini Wickramasinghe

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 5783

Course Coordinator

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You should have satisfactorily completed the prerequisite course ISYS3298 Investigations in Business IT, or a similar research methods course, before you commence this course.

Aternatively you may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course. Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for an exemption. Note it is a condition of enrolment at RMIT University that you accept responsibility for ensuring that you have completed the prerequisite courses before enrolling in a course. 

Course Description

Minor Thesis provides you with an opportunity to explore a problem in depth, complete a critical review of literature on the topic, identify relevant theories and models for research on the topic and report the outcome in a 20,000-word research thesis at a standard suitable for publication in a professional journal. Each part of the course, Minor Thesis 1 and 2, is worth 12 points and both parts need to be completed for the completion of a minor thesis.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

At the conclusion of this course, you should develop the following capabilities:
- Ability to research a particular issue and develop thorough knowledge through independent and self-directed study.
- Ability to undertake a critical review of the literature on a particular issue.
- Ability to identify the relevant theories and models for guiding the research on a particular issue.
- Ability to gather and analyse data for solving a particular issue.
- Ability to communicate research findings in written and oral forms.

At the conclusion of this course, you should be able to:
- Develop thorough knowledge of a particular issue in the areas of Information Systems, Information Management or Knowledge Management.
- Undertake a critical review of the literature
- Understand the theories and models that support research in Information Systems, Information Management and Knowledge Management
- Use research methods and tools for gathering and analysing data
- Communicate the findings as an academic thesis/paper.

Overview of Learning Activities

In this course, you are required to undertake independent self-directed work. The direction of this course will be under the general guidance of a supervisor who has knowledge of the area of study and substantial research experience. You should meet with your supervisor on a regular basis to monitor the progress and direction of study. You are expected to write up the findings in a research thesis under the guidance of your supervisor. The thesis is to be submitted for examination with the approval of the supervisor.

You should also aim for a refereed conference paper from the thesis.

Overview of Learning Resources

Learning resources are thesis specific. Please consult with your thesis supervisor. You should read books on research methods and academic papers in the areas of Information Systems, Information or Knowledge Management as applicable.

RMIT university will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

Overview of Assessment

The assessment for this course is preliminary for satisfactory completion of a research thesis for Minor Thesis 2.

The proposal to be submitted at then end of Minor Thesis 1 will be assessed and this will form the complete assessment for Minor Thesis 1. The detailed break down of the grading criteria for the proposal will be shared with students at the start of the semester but the proposal should include an introduction, the research question, significance/importance of the study, background and summary of relevant key literature, proposed methodology and research design. all areas are equally weighted. In addition, students must identify if ethics approval is required and if so also prepare the ethics application and have it submitted.

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or online discussions, through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to the RMIT university assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures.