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SIT740 - Research and Development in Information Technology

Unit details


2017 unit information

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Trimester 3: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:


Unit chair:

Guangyan Huang (Trimester 1), Sasan Adibi (Trimester 3)





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Contact hours:

Campus: 1 x 2 hour class per week.

Cloud (online): Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin. Students will have the opportunity to participate in online consultation sessions.


This unit uses the FutureLearn online learning platform. Learn more about studying through FutureLearn.


Ongoing research and development is one of the sustainable ways by which businesses forecast and experience future growth within the IT sector. Whether it is Apple developing a new product or Google acquiring a business to expand their operations, investigations provide businesses with the opportunities and processes to lead and deliver change. Research and development is often thought as synonymous with high-tech firms that are on the cutting edge of new technology in developing new products. However, many established small to medium firms also invest a substantial amount of human and economic resources in improving existing products and services. Research and development encompasses a set of strategic, proactive, catalytic and capacity-building activities designed to facilitate growth.

This unit focuses on the building of knowledge and skills in research and development for Information Technology. In SIT740, students will learn about strategic research advancement activities for example, product review and market review and engage in structured processes such as survey and review of literature to make value judgements and critical evaluation of certain technologies or technology areas for further development. Learning and assessment activities in this unit will aid the student to develop capacity for learning how to research and communicating research and research opportunities for a variety of purpose for example, to report, to publicise, to raise the profile and to add to visibility, value or impact.


Literature review 20%, research and development report 60%, oral presentation 20%

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