|Semester 2, 2021 Toowoomba On-campus|
|Short Description:||App Res Info Sys Professionals|
|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|
|Version produced :||24 September 2021|
Examiner: KC Chan
Pre-requisite: CIS8001 or CIS8008
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 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:
- perform literature review and identify gaps in the literature;
- evaluate strategies for the solution of applied research problems in information systems
- structure and develop research plans using applied research methods;
- apply the principles of research ethics in all research activities;
- interact and collaborate effectively in teams;
- synthesise and communicate information systems research information effectively in written and verbal communication.
|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=2021&sem=02&subject1=CIS8500)
Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/info/contact/)
(The text book is available online - https://usq.pressbooks.pub/socialscienceresearch/.)
Student workload expectations
|Description||Marks out of||Wtg (%)||Due Date||Objectives Assessed||Notes|
|ESSAY - CRITICAL REVIEW||100||10||09 Aug 2021||4,6|
|ESSAY - LITERATURE REVIEW||100||30||30 Aug 2021||1,2,4,6|
|ESSAY - CONFERENCE PAPER||100||50||18 Oct 2021||1,2,3,4,5,6|
|PRESENTATION||100||10||22 Oct 2021||5,6|
Important assessment information
It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and 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.
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.)
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)
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.
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.
This is a closed examination. Candidates are allowed to bring only writing and drawing instruments into a closed examination.
Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
Deferred and Supplementary examinations will be held in accordance with the Assessment Procedure https://policy.usq.edu.au/documents/14749PL.
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.
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.