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TELE490 Dissertation

A supervised project involving original research and leading to the production of a dissertation.

In this paper each student undertakes a supervised research project on an information science topic of particular interest to them. The project includes selecting a research topic and supervisor; a review of relevant publications; choosing an appropriate research method; data acquisition by experiment, survey or case study; analysing and interpreting results; oral presentations; and a written dissertation. To introduce students to the skills and knowledge required to successfully complete their project, the paper begins with classroom-based sessions on scientific research and its methods. This introduction is designed to reorient students from being, typically, passive consumers and reproducers of established knowledge towards becoming active evaluators and creators of original scientific knowledge. Each student, thereafter, works on their own project under appropriate supervision.

Paper title Dissertation
Paper code TELE490
Subject Telecommunications
EFTS 0.3333
Points 40 points
Teaching period Full Year
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,513.08
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $10,298.97

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TELE 202 and TELE 302
Limited to
BAppSc(Hons), PGDipAppSc, PGDipSci
(i) Admission normally requires at least a B average in the 300-level papers taken previously. (ii) Doing TELE 490 in a single semester is exceptional and requires approval from the Head of Department.
Suitable for graduates anticipating:
  • Postgraduate study requiring scientific research in the discipline of telecommunications
  • A need to investigate and solve telecommunications-related problems in a business environment
Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinator: Dr Maryam Purvis
Paper Structure
The Research Methods sessions include:
  • The research process
  • Research design
  • Defining the research problem
  • Data analysis
  • Hypothesis construction
  • Making a research proposal
  • Literature search and review
  • Reporting research
  • Research methodologies
  • A case study in empirical research
Each student chooses their own research topic and supervisor(s) in consultation with, and with the approval of, the Course Co-ordinator.
Teaching Arrangements
Seven 2-hour classroom sessions in the first semester

Supervision by one or more academic staff throughout the first and second semesters.
  • Leedy, P.D. and Ormrod, J.E., 2013. Practical Research: Planning and Design, 10th Edition. Pearson Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey
  • Saunders, M., Lewis P., and Thornhill, A., 2007. Research Methods for Business Students. 4th Edition. Pearson Prentice Hall, Harlow, England
  • Hunt, Andy, 2005. Your research project: How to Manage it., Routledge Study Guides (an e-book that can be borrowed online from the University Library)
Course outline
View the course outline for TELE 490
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Ethics.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this paper, students should be able to
  • Carry out a self-contained piece of research under supervision using appropriate methods and practices in information science
  • Critically evaluate their own and others' research

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Full Year

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Friday 10:00-11:50 9-14, 17


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Friday 14:00-16:50 19, 30, 39