Course Title: Computer Science Honours Thesis Part 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Computer Science Honours Thesis Part 1

Credit Points: 24.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


140H Computer Science & Information Technology


Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016


City Campus


171H School of Science


Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr Hai Dong

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3736

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 14.10.10B

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

COSC2148 Research Methods

Each part-time honours student must take the Computer Science Honours Thesis Part 1 before the Computer Science Honours Thesis Part 2. The whole honours research project is worth 48 credit points in total.

Note: it is a condition of enrolment at RMIT that you accept responsibility for ensuring that you have completed the prerequisite/s and agree to concurrently enrol in co-requisite courses before enrolling in a course.

For your information the RMIT Course Requisites policy can be found at Course requisites –;ID=twx09y07zi1c

Course Description

The honours research project is designed to introduce students to the skills and character of computer science research. It is a substantial work of supervised research or development.

This course is the first component in the computer science honours research project (part-time mode), following preparation in the Research Methods course. Each part-time honours student must complete the Computer Science Honours Thesis Part 1 (24 credit points) and Computer Science honours thesis Part 2 (24 credit points), worth 48 credit points in total. (For full-time mode, Preliminary Computer Science Honours Thesis (12CP) and Computer Science Honours Thesis (36CP) should be taken.)

For more information on the honours research project, see the Program Information Book, available from:

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes

This course contributes to the following program learning outcomes:

  • Enabling Knowledge:

You will gain skills as you apply knowledge effectively in one or more computer science and information technology disciplines. In doing so, you will:

-- demonstrate coherent and advanced knowledge of the underlying principles and concepts in computer science and information technology, including advanced understanding in some areas

-- recognise research principles and methods applicable to computer science and information technology.

  • Critical Analysis:

You will learn to accurately and objectively examine, consolidate and synthesise computer science and information technology (IT) concepts, evidence, theories or situations, and exercise critical thinking and judgement in developing new understanding, in particular to:

-- analyse and model requirements and constraints for the purpose of designing and implementing software and IT systems

-- evaluate and compare designs of software and IT systems on the basis of organisational and user requirements

-- design and use research in a project.

  • Problem Solving:

Your capability to analyse problems and identify and provide solutions to complex problems with intellectual independence as you learn to: design and implement software solutions that accommodate specified requirements and constraints, based on analysis or modelling or requirements specification.

  • Communication:

You will learn to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences through a range of modes and media, in particular to: present a clear, coherent and independent exposition of systems, alternative IT solutions, and decision recommendations to both IT and non-IT personnel via technical reports of professional standard and technical presentations.

  • Responsibility:

You will be required to accept responsibility and accountability for your own learning and make informed decisions about judging and adopting appropriate behaviour in professional and social situations. This includes accepting the initiative and responsibility for independent life-long learning.

  • Research and Scholarship:

You will have technical and communication skills to design, evaluate, implement, analyse and theorise about developments that contribute to professional practice or scholarship; specifically you will have cognitive skills:

-- to demonstrate coherent and advanced theoretical knowledge and adapt knowledge and skills in diverse contexts

-- to plan and execute project work and/or a piece of research and scholarship with some independence.

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  • identify a task or problem relevant to computer science and/or IT
  • search and review of the relevant literature
  • propose a partial solution to the task or problem
  • establish effective research practices under supervision
  • present a survey of the research literature and research plan in written form
  • commence implementation of the proposed solution
  • carry out some initial experiments.

Overview of Learning Activities

Work on the honours thesis actually takes place during the whole of the honours program, not just in one course. The initial work on the project is done as part of the course Research Methods, followed by honours thesis part 1 and part 2 in subsequent semesters.

For honours thesis part 1, you are expected to continue to refine the research proposal as needed, and develop a prototype of the proposed model. Some initial experiments are expected to be carried out, so that preliminary research results may be obtained. This will lay a solid foundation for the honours thesis part 2 in the subsequent semester.

Overview of Learning Resources

For extra support with study organisation, assignment planning or learning skills you may wish to contact any of the following:

Study and Learning Centre: To make appointments or just drop-in for learning support, see location, times, and contact details, as well as self-help learning support resources, via:

BH013 Honours Coordinator: Dr. Flora Salim

Overview of Assessment

The honours thesis part 1 is assessed based on your initial draft of your thesis, using the following criteria:

  • clear identification of problems and research objectives
  • comprehensiveness of literature review in the research domain
  • suitability of research methodologies to the identified problems
  • preliminary research results
  • thesis outline.

Each draft thesis is examined by at least two academics, usually from within the School.

For more details on the assessment criteria and process see the program information book.

For standard assessment details, including deadlines, weightings and requirements relating to Computer Science and IT courses see: