Study Skills and Research Methods

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Stephen Smithson NAB3.31 and Dr Elzbieta Klecun-Taylor NAB3.37


This course is compulsory on the MSc in Management, Information Systems and Innovation. This course is not available as an outside option.

Course content

This course provides students with both a broader context for the study of information systems as well as the essential skills relevant to the MISI programme. Various views of the changing nature and environment of information technology. Research and study skills, teamworking and other practical skills. Guidance for the dissertation. Seminars by various visiting speakers from academia and industry who discuss a wide range of issues relevant to contemporary information systems.


20 hours of lectures in the MT. 20 hours of lectures in the LT.

Indicative reading

T Cornford & S Smithson, Project Research in Information Systems, Macmillan, 2nd edn, 2005; F Adam & M Healy, A Practical Guide to Postgraduate Research in the Business Area, Blackhall, Stillorgan, 2000. Other books and journal articles will be recommended.


The course is not formally assessed.

Key facts

Department: Information Systems and Innovation Group

Total students 2012/13: Unavailable

Average class size 2012/13: Unavailable

Value: Non-assessed

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication
  • Commercial awareness
  • Specialist skills