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CIS8500 Applied Research for Information System Professionals

Semester 1, 2021 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 Business
Student contribution band : Band 2
ASCED code : 020399 - Information Systems not elsewh
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: KC Chan


Pre-requisite: CIS8001 or CIS8008

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

Students are expected to have a basic understanding of statistics.


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.


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

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

Bhattacherjee, A 2019, Social science research: principles, methods, and practices, Revised edn.
(The text book is available online -

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 Objectives Assessed Notes
ESSAY - CRITICAL REVIEW 100 10 22 Mar 2021 4,6
ESSAY - LITERATURE REVIEW 100 30 26 Apr 2021 1,2,4,6
ESSAY - CONFERENCE PAPER 100 50 31 May 2021 1,2,3,4,5,6
PRESENTATION 100 10 04 Jun 2021 5,6

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 (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:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S1 2021 are: There is no examination in this course.

    Requirements after S1, 2021:
    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:
    Not applicable.

  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

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

Date printed 18 June 2021