Course Title: Computer Science Honours Thesis Part 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Computer Science Honours Thesis Part 2

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 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 1 2020

Course Coordinator: Dr Hai Dong

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3736

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 14.10.10

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment, by email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

COSC2148 Research Methods, and COSC2460 CS Honours Thesis Part 1.

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 second component in the computer science honours research project (part-time mode). 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:

  • develop a software and/or algorithmic solution to the task or problem
  • implement and critically analyse proposed solution to the task or problem to meet high quality requirements as guided by the supervisor
  • carry out research under supervision
  • present the research in a written form like that used for published papers, describing the problem, the relevant literature, the solution, and its relation to other work in the area
  • present the research in an oral seminar.

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 research project is done as part of the course Research Methods and Computer Science Honours Thesis Part 1. This includes selecting a supervisor, performing a literature review, writing a project proposal that is reviewed, and making progress on the project and a draft thesis.

In this course, students are expected to continue research activities initiated in Part 1, including implementing a complete solution to the problems identified in the proposal, critical analysis of results, and completing a written thesis. There is a single major deadline in this course – the delivery of the final honours thesis by the end of the semester. You can schedule the thesis work to suit your project. Typically, at least six weeks are required to write the honours thesis after all the research is complete.

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 Program Coordinator - Dr. Flora Salim

Overview of Assessment

You must satisfactorily complete each of the following assessment tasks for this course:

  • research project comprising an implemented and critically analysed solution to the task or problem
  • written report (final thesis) describing the problem, the relevant literature, the solution, and its relation to other work in the area
  • seminar on your research (of 20 minutes) soon after your thesis is submitted.

The honours thesis is assessed on its merits as a research publication. Each thesis is examined by two academics, usually from within the School; neither examiner is a supervisor of the student.

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