MN691 - Research Methods and Project Design

Credit Points: 20

Prerequisite: MN601 Project Management, 4 core units of the MNet

Co-requisite: N/A

Workload: 60 contact hours

Campus: Melbourne, Sydney

Aims & Objectives

This is a core unit out of a total of 12 units in the Master of Networking (MNet). This unit addresses  the  MNet  course  learning  outcomes  and  complements  other  courses  in  a  related  field  by developing students’ specialised knowledge in computer networks and applying critical skills in project management and networking equipment such as CISCO routers, switches, VOIP etc. For further course information refer to: This unit is part of the AQF level 9 (MNet) course.

This unit provides students with grounding in research methods, and approaches to research and project design. It also, together with MN692, constitutes a capstone final year project. Students will work under an assigned project supervisor who will assist in the selection of the project topic. Students spend substantial time on researching, analysing and developing the requirements, project plan and preliminary design for a capstone project. There will be a set of lectures and workshops on topics including research methods and industrial project issues. Students will apply what they have learned during their course to planning and designing a capstone project. Students will analyse requirements and apply research methods relevant to the formulation of the approach to their project.

This unit gives students the experience of putting into practice the concepts, methods and principles of core units of MNet, the appropriate use of research methods as well as an ability to apply communication and technical research skills in a realistic situation.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Develop and apply research methods and analytical, technical, managerial and time-management skills to the analysis and design of a capstone project.
  2. Identify and evaluate project management concepts and apply them to a realistic business problem.
  3. Research, adapt and apply the knowledge and skills acquired over the core units to plan a substantial capstone project
  4. Demonstrate effective communication skills in relation to client, ethical and professional behavior.
  5. Work effectively and efficiently in a team, and write a group report.

Teaching Method

Lecture: 2 hours
Laboratory: 2 hours
PBL Tutorial: 1 hours
Face to Face


Assessment Task
Learning Outcomes Assessed
Group report: Project Requirements Analysis and Specification*a*25%
Group report: Project plan and preliminary design*b*20%
Group presentationsd*10%
Group report: A report on research undertaken for a project planning, and research methods to be used for the next stage of the project.*a-c,e*25%
Individual report: Peer evaluation of contributions of team members and reflective journal on professional practice/experienced*20%
Total 100%

*refer to learning outcomes above.


  • None

Reference Reading

  • None

MIT is committed to ensure the course is current, practical and relevant so that graduates are “work ready” and equipped for life-long learning. In order to accomplish this, the MIT Graduate Attributes identify the required knowledge, skills and attributes that prepare students for the industry.
The level to which Graduate Attributes covered in this unit are as follows:

Ability to communicateIndependent and Lifelong LearningEthicsAnalytical and Problem SolvingCultural and Global AwarenessTeamwork Cooperation, Participation and LeadershipSpecialist knowledge of a field of study


Colour coding    

Extent covered

                               The standard  is covered by theory and practice, and addressed by assessed activities in which the students always play an active role, e.g. workshops, lab submissions, assignments, demonstrations, tests, examinations
 The standard is covered by theory or practice, and addressed by assessed activities in which the students mostly play an active role, e.g. discussions, reading, intepreting documents, tests, examinations
 The standard is discussed in theory or practice; it is addressed by assessed activities in which the students may play an active role, e.g. lectures and discussions, reading, interpretation, workshops, presentations 
 The standard is presented as a side issue in theory or practice; it is not specifically assessed, but it is addressed by  activities such as lectures or tutorials
 The standard  is not considered, there is no theory or practice or activities associated with this standard