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CIS8500 Applied Research for Information System Professionals

Semester 1, 2023 Springfield On-campus
Units : 1
School or Department : School of Business
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules
Version produced : 28 May 2023


Course Coordinator: KC Chan


Pre-requisite: CIS8001 or CIS8008


The discipline of information systems is constantly changing at fast pace. The need to find solutions to everyday problems and develop innovative technologies and systems is paramount to building a sustainable future. This often requires systematic and rigorous research to enable evidence-based decision making. The understanding of the research process and the application of research techniques is therefore essential skills for IT professionals to possess as organisational and business requirements become increasingly complex.

This course is designed as an introduction to applied research for information systems professionals. Students cover the fundamentals of research relating to management information systems, and investigate, synthesise and communicate information to inform management information systems decisions. The course is designed to build foundation skills for students to successfully conduct applied information systems research that employs both quantitative and qualitative data analysis methods.

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. perform literature review and identify gaps in the literature;
  2. evaluate strategies for the solution of applied research problems in information systems
  3. structure and develop research plans using applied research methods;
  4. apply the principles of research ethics in all research activities;
  5. interact and collaborate effectively in teams;
  6. synthesise and communicate information systems research information effectively in written and verbal communication.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Identifying research problems in information systems 25.00
2. Planning and organising information systems research 25.00
3. Collecting and analysing data 25.00
4. Presentation and communication of research findings 25.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

Bhattacherjee, A 2019, Social science research: principles, methods, and practices, Revised edn.
(The text book is available online - https://usq.pressbooks.pub/socialscienceresearch/.)

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Written Critique (written) No 10 1,6
Assignments Written Planning document No 30 1,2,3,6
Assignments Written Research (paper) Yes 50 1,2,3,4,5,6
Assignments Oral Presentation (ind, grp, mltmd) No 10 6
Date printed 28 May 2023