School of
Information Technology and Electrical Engineering

Below you will find information to assist you with your thesis.


I just enrolled in my Thesis Project course. I am wondering how I can now choose my thesis topic.

Detailed info is available at:, but in a nutshell here is the process:

  1. Browse the Project Database for suitable topics
  2. Contact potential supervisors listed with the topic to discuss topics that interest you, or to propose your own topic
  3. When you’ve come to an agreement with a supervisor, get them to allocate you to your project in the Project Database
  4. Enrol in your course via SI-net.  If you are a student of the School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering, email the SOMME office staff first to add you to the permission list for your course and CC your supervisor into this email or SI-net will not accept your enrolment (
I have just finished my 4th year in a Dual Bachelor of Engineering (software) and Commerce and had plans to enrol in my Thesis Project course (ENGG4801). However, after reading through the course profile I noticed that it says “restricted to final year BE students”. I was wondering if this restriction applies to students enrolled in dual degrees, or am I still able to enrol into this course as I still have 1 year and 1 semester remaining for my five and a half year degree.

If you are doing a dual degree you can enrol at the end of your ITEE degree.

After looking into the thesis topics in the project database, I realised some of the topics I was interested in were only listed for ME (Masters of Engineering). I have contacted the relevant supervisors and they have said it is fine for me to enrol into this topic if I wish. I just wanted to confirm that this is okay before starting the thesis.

Yes, even if it is advertised for another program, if the supervisor agrees you can take the topic.


What is the process to get permission to enrol in ENGG4805 since it is restricted to Final Year BE Students and requires the permission from the Head of School?

You have to have all requirements fulfilled at the end of this course to be able to graduate. Since it is worth 4 units you should only be taking a maximum of 4 additional units in this last semester. If this is the case send an email to and we will process your request. If not, you have to go the path of ENGG4801 (or ENGG4802 if you enrol in semester 2), 4 units over two semesters.


I was wondering if I would be able to enrol in my thesis next year as I am now a 3rd year going onto 4th year. I thought I check f I am eligible because I will graduate after in my 5th year semester 1 as I have two courses left to do for my degree.

The general rule is that enrolment into Thesis courses is restricted to final year students. Since your final year starts in semester 2, this would be the earliest you can enrol.


I wish to enquire about employer suitability for any of the ITEE CEED/Placement Project courses ENGG4805, CSSE3006, CSSE7306, ENGG7830 or METR7830.

Please email the course coordinator Dr Joel Carpenter ( with your question.


I have recently proposed my own thesis topic to an academic outside of the School of ITEE who is keen on having me work on this topic since it aligns with his research. Given that I am completing an ITEE degree I just wanted to check whether an ITEE staff member is required to co-supervise or have involvement in the project.

If the academic has an IT background (either by profession or acquired) this is normally fine (but you should check by emailing anyway). Otherwise this academic could be your thesis examiner (and client) and you both should find a suitable ITEE academic to become your thesis supervisor.


I wanted to ask if there's a penalty if my postgraduate conference paper page length is more than two pages (#4 unit courses) / four pages (#6 or #8 unit courses) or am I allowed to go beyond the prescribed limit if need be since I need to include some figures (...or other reason)?

This question is best answered by looking at the mark sheet. In the category Adherence to style it states: “The document conforms exactly to the given specifications” for excellent or very good marks. If you submit a paper to a journal (which is what is being taught with this assessment item) where each page costs money, it is unlikely to be accepted if the publisher's specifications are not fully met so you could expect your supervisor to deduct marks for this. However, your supervisor may have additional requirements so it is best to check with your supervisor first if you wanted to increase the length of your paper for some exceptional reason. In the journal case you would write a letter to the editor asking for permission outlining your special case.


How do I sign up for the project demo and poster presentation at the end of the course?

Thesis demonstrations (incl. poster presentation) should be performed no later than Friday of week 12 in your last semester of your course at a time and venue to be organised by your supervisor in the presence of an examiner also specified by your supervisor. Unlike the earlier progress seminars, there is no central scheduling for this event since there is no requirement for other students to attend.