Course Title: Minor Thesis

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Minor Thesis

Credit Points: 48.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


620H Business IT and Logistics


Sem 2 2009


City Campus


620H Business IT and Logistics


Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014

Course Coordinator: Dr Siddhi Pittayachawan

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1357

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You should have satisfactorily completed all of the following prerequisite courses before you commence this course:

  • ISYS2444 Research Methods
  • ISYS2449 Data Analysis

Alternatively 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 recognition of prior learning. For further information go to Recognition of prior learning (RPL) in Higher Education.

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. For your information the RMIT University Course Requisites policy can be found at Course requisites –

Course Description

This course 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 15,000-word research thesis at a standard suitable for publication in a professional journal.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

On completion of the program you will possess a range of skills that will help you to operate effectively in professional settings.

Specific capabilities developed are:

  • Problem solving skills
  • Analytical skills
  • Communication of complex ideas
  • Idea design and presentation
  • Logical reasoning
  • Enhancing specialised knowledge
  • Critical thinking
  • Ability to develop independent research skills
  • Creativity and Initiative

At the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Develop thorough knowledge of a particular issue in the Research area. 
  • Undertake a critical review of the literature 
  • Understand the theories and models that support research area. 
  • 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 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, data analysis and academic papers in the Research area.
RMIT university will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems and computer laboratories.
You have access to extensive course materials on myRMIT Studies, including digitised readings, external internet links and access to RMIT Library online and hardcopy resources.

Overview of Assessment

The assessment for this course is on the basis of satisfactory completion of a 15,000 words research thesis.

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in 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 which are described and referenced in a single document Assessment Policies and Procedures manual. An 1.2.4 Assessment Charter section of this document summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.