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Unit Overview


The Computer Science Honours Research Project consists of 24 credits points and comprises CITS4010 and CITS4011 that are taken over two consecutive semesters and must be completed to fulfil the requirements of the Computer Science Honours Research Project.

CITS4010 is Part 1 of the Computer Science Honours Research Project and consists the completion of a literature review and a research project proposal.

After completing CITS4010 (Part 1), students are able to continue their assessment by enrolling and completing CITS4011 (Part 2) in their second semester of the project and includes the completion of a poster and seminar and a final project report.

The research project topic may be chosen from a list of topics provided by the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering or on a proposed topic relevant to Computer Science and negotiated with the Project Supervisor.

Students are expected to conduct qualitative research work or solve important Computer Science research problems with certain research challenges.

12 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 4 core unit in the 4 specialisation in the major sequence
  • Level 4 core unit in the 4 specialisation in the major sequence
  • Level 4 core unit in the 4 specialisation in the major sequence
  • Honours core unit in Computer Science and Software Engineering [Bachelor of Science (Honours)]

Students are able to (1) apply research methodologies to plan and execute a research investigation; (2) develop skills in problem formulation, in designing and analysing solutions and experiments, and in the presentation of research findings; and (3) prepare written and oral reports to a professional standard using the discourse conventions of computer science.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) literature review; (2) seminar; and (3) project report. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Cara MacNish (Sem. 1) and Associate Professor Tim French (Sem. 2)
Unit rules
Successful completion of
CITS4010 Computer Science Honours Research Project Part 1
Contact hours
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.