Courses & Units

ICT Research Methods KIT401


This unit needs to be taken in conjunction with a thesis project. This unit can be taken at the same time as KIT402 or students can do both KIT402 and KIT403 in the following semester.


This unit is designed to give ICT research students an appreciation of the significance of research and to provide students with research skills, knowledge and understanding that will enable them to conduct their own research in a rigorous manner. The unit encourages students to acquire a critical understanding of both qualitative and quantitative approaches in research and to explore the research process embodied in methodology. The unit includes the design of data collection tools and an introduction to quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis techniques. Students will gain an understanding of the theory and practice of methods and approaches applicable to the conduct of ICT research. Students will build skills and capacity to design and communicate research proposals for ICT projects and to critically assess and evaluate alternative approaches to conducting research on ICT issues. Students will consider the ethical issues involved in planning, conducting and reporting research. Students will also be challenged to apply concepts and critically engage with issues as they relate to personal and professional research needs. Assessment items have been designed to relate to key aspects of the unit.


Unit name ICT Research Methods
Unit code KIT401
Credit points 25
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Information and Communication Technology
Discipline Information & Communication Technology
Coordinator Doctor Wenli Yang
Delivered By
Level Honours


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 20/2/2023 21/3/2023 10/4/2023 28/5/2023
Semester 2 10/7/2023 8/8/2023 28/8/2023 15/10/2023

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Learning Outcomes

  • Synthesise and critically evaluate peer reviewed literature relevant to a research topic through the preparation of a Literature review chapter
  • Apply different research methodologies to conduct ethical ICT research.
  • Design, implement, evaluate and communicate ICT research through the preparation of a Methodology chapter
  • Critically assess and evaluate approaches to conducting research on ICT issues
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
$2,075.00 $2,075.00 not applicable $5,044.00

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Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:



Teaching Pattern

Weekly 2 hour lectorial - This unit is fully online

AssessmentQuiz (10%)|Qualitative Report (20%)|Quantitative Report (20%)|Literature Review and Methodology (50%)
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