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CIS8500 Applied Research for Information System Professionals

Semester 2, 2019 Online
Short Description: App Res Info Sys Professionals
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Management and Enterprise
Student contribution band : Band 2
ASCED code : 020300 - Information Systems
Grading basis : Graded

Staffing

Examiner: KC Chan

Requisites

Pre-requisite: CIS8000

Other requisites

Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at http://www.usq.edu.au/current-students/support/computing/hardware.

Students are required to have prior knowledge and experience of analytical research methods, that is, a basic understanding of statistics.

Synopsis

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.

Objectives

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

  1. evaluate strategies for the solution of applied research problems in information systems
  2. demonstrate an understanding of applied research methods
  3. collect and analyse information systems research data using applied research methods
  4. synthesise and communicate information systems research information to inform business decisions.

Topics

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

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/textbooks/?year=2019&sem=02&subject1=CIS8500)

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/info/contact/)

Bhattacherjee, A 2012, Social science research: principles, methods, and practices, 2nd edn.
(The text book is available online - http://scholarcommons.usf.edu/oa_textbooks/3/.)

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Various materials available online and from the library are required to be used.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 30.00
Directed Study 75.00
Private Study 60.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASST 1 (ESSAY) 100 20 26 Aug 2019
ASST 2 (ESSAY) 100 40 21 Oct 2019
EXAM 100 40 End S2

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    If you are an international student in Australia, you are advised to attend all classes at your campus. For all other students, there are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks. (Depending upon the requirements in Statement 4 below, students may not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to receive a passing grade in this course.)

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents.php?id=14749PL (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    This is a closed examination. Candidates are allowed to bring only writing and drawing instruments into a closed examination.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at http://policy.usq.edu.au.

Assessment notes

  1. Referencing in assignments:
    Harvard (AGPS) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use Harvard (AGPS) style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (AGPS) style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide at http://www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing.