Most students from the School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, both undergraduate and postgraduate, will undertake an individual capstone thesis course in the final year of their program (degree).

Follow these step-by-step instructions to enrol, select your thesis topic, and submit your thesis correctly.

2. How to choose your thesis topic

Process overview

  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 (

Thesis project information session

At the end of each semester, the School holds an information session for those students starting their Thesis Project course in the following semester. The session is designed to give students the opportunity to review the projects being offered and meet prospective supervisors.

The next thesis information session details will be made available once finalised.

Slides from the information session for students commencing a thesis in Semester 1, 2021 are available here (PDF, 1.7 MB) and the recording of the 23 November, 2020 Zoom session is available to view.

Project offerings

There are two types of project on offer: specialised thesis projects are offered by individual academics (and often align with that academic’s research expertise and interests), and are conducted under the supervision of that individual. They are usually only suitable for a small number of students (i.e. one or two). In contrast, super thesis projects, are broad thesis topics aligned to the School’s research areas. It is possible for many students to undertake the same super thesis project at the same time, and these topics are supervised by an academic team. Regardless of the type of project selected, all thesis projects are individual, and the assessment items are the same.

Each semester, topics (both specialised and super) are advertised on the Faculty's Project Database (remember to ensure the correct semester of commencement has been selected, i.e. Semester 2 2020, and filter by 'ITEE'). You can search on a number of parameters to help you discover topics that interest you. Feel free to approach potential supervisors to ask more about their projects or to suggest topics of you own. 

Note that some project courses are only available by permission or under special circumstances. See the thesis course listing for details.

Explore the School by research area, School research staff by research group, or visit Contact to search by staff member. 

Project allocation

Once students have reviewed the thesis project topics on offer (either at the information session, or via the project database), they need to consult directly with their prospective supervisors. Project allocations are made directly by supervisors once a successful consultation with a student has taken place – a supervisor makes an allocation by assigning a student to a project in the project database.

It is highly recommended that students consult with a variety of prospective supervisors as early as possible as there is always high demand for projects and supervisors. The Week 13 information session is a good opportunity to consult early with the supervisors on hand.

Note: If you delay too long, the projects you are interested in may be allocated to another student or your preferred supervisor may reach their capacity.

When contacting prospective supervisors, please include the information as per this template (DOCX, 14.3 KB).

Allocation deadlines

Students who wish to undertake a specialised thesis topic should complete the sign-up process as soon as possible after the information session: it is expected that specialised thesis topic allocations will be completed no later than one week following grade release (in the semester prior to commencement).

Students should contact ITEE Thesis Enquiries if an academic has not signed them up in the database following their agreement to supervise a project with the approval in an email trail.

If you have not been signed up for a project by the start of the semester you may be allocated to a super project to ensure you have a project allocation before semester starts. However, you should avoid being placed into a project that you may not favour and continue to seek a suitable project up until the start of the semester (keeping in mind that many projects will be taken as time passes). Project allocations cannot be changed once semester commences in Week 1: at that point in time each student must commence work on the project that they have been allocated to.


Students should ensure they are enrolled in the appropriate Thesis Project Course as soon as enrolments open for the following semester. For some courses, permission is required to enrol and supervisors will need to send a request on behalf the student to ITEE Thesis Enquiries