Prerequisites: MN601 (Network Project Management) 
Corequisites: N/A
Credit Points: 20 Credit Points
Level: Year 2, Core for MNet
Workload: Timetabled hours 4 hours/week (Lectures or industry workshops and meetings with project supervisor for Weeks 1 to 8) and 1 hour/week (meetings with project supervisor for Weeks 9 to 12)
Teamwork and personal study: 10 hours/week (average for Weeks 1 to 8), 13 hours/week (average for Weeks 9 to 12)  


This is a third trimester 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 research methods and project design and applying critical skills in networking equipment such as routers, switches and servers. For further course information refer to: http://www.mit.edu.au/study-with-us/programs/master-networking.

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 in teams 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 in a team environment. 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. 


At the completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Develop and apply research methods and analytical, technical, managerial and timemanagement 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 behaviour
  5. Work effectively and efficiently in a team, and exercise coordination within a team


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 levels to which Graduate Attributes covered in this unit are as follows: 

Ability to communicate Independent and Lifelong Learning Ethics Analytical and Problem Solving  Cultural and Global Awareness Team work Specialist 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, interpreting 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 and 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