BIT4000 - Directed Studies


BIT4000 is an undergraduate level "Directed Studies". This is essentially an independent study based on a topic and grading criteria approved by the lecturer; generally each topic is individual to the student – the grading criteria is also tailored to the selected topic (depending on what is expected).

Students will be given the resources and support to enable them to complete their studies; this includes a workstation, software, any extraneous equipment, and also educational support and advice from the lecturer. In the case of the latter, the advice will mainly be direction, supplementary documents, etc – there are no lectures, no specific assignments, term projects, or exams (i.e. do not expect the lecturer to do the work), etc

In general the expectations from me are in the form of resulting work and depending on the work a report. The resulting work is the focus of the directed studies, it is the driving element. The focus of the report is to explain how the work progressed, problems, issues, how it works, future work suggestions, etc (top reports are ones that can be used by another student to replicate the work).

The topics available are a range of work essentially based around either a teaching component or a research subject relevant to the lecturer. In this case they benefit the lecturer in both cases. The benefit to the student is that they learn a topic that they would not have gotten access to through the normal course structure – they become an expert in that specific area.

The expectation of the Directed Study is equivalent to a normal 0.5 credit lecture. This means that you would be expected to cover the equivalent work of 13 weeks; which is approximately 65 » 105Hrs of work over the duration of the term (or 5 » 8Hrs / week). However, the main objective is the completion of the topic goal, so if it takes less time then you will benefit from this.

The experience is the essential part of Directed Studies for you; the topic you select then becomes your specialisation – whatever you are interested in becoming adept at, then selecting that topic and doing well in it will give any employer the impression of (1) a student who can learn and work independently (2) a student with a specific knowledgebase they require – this is especially if you want to go in a certain direction.

In addition, as it is Directed Studies, I give you a grade and can attest to that grade; it is not just a self-learning experience.