All Information Systems and Innovation students attend a weekly Research seminar series which features presentations and discussions from doctoral students, invited speakers and academic members of the Information Systems and Innovation faculty group.
Foundations of Social Research in Information Systems: Paradigms and Traditions
The course introduces the foundations of social research and the key issues concerning the status of knowledge and the forms by which it is acquired. The course deals with the principal paradigms/traditions in the philosophy of science and epistemology and the answers they have provided to the basic questions concerning the status of knowledge claims and the forms by which valid knowledge claims can be made.
Interpretations of Information
The course explores the theoretical foundations of information and the technological and institutional processes by which information is increasingly becoming a pervading and crucial element of organizational and economic life. A central theme of the course is how information and the technologies by which it is produced and disseminated are involved in the constitution and coordination of organizational operations and the control of professional practices and organizational outcomes.
During the first year students will also be required to take a number of courses in Methodology
Fundamentals of Social Science Research Design
Drawing on a variety of examples from the social scientific literature, this course will explore design considerations and options across quantitative and qualitative research, including issues of data quality, analysis, reporting and reproducibility. At the end of the course, students will be able to read a wide variety of empirical social science with a critical and balanced perspective and will be better equipped to implement and make arguments defending the methods they use in their PhD theses.
Intro to Quantitative Analysis
An intensive introduction to quantitative data analysis in the social sciences. The course is intended for students with no previous experience of quantitative methods or statistics. It covers the foundations of descriptive statistics and statistical estimation and inference. At the end of the course students should be able to carry out univariate and bi-variate data analysis and have an appreciation of multiple linear regression.
Qualitative Research Methods
This course presents the fundamentals of qualitative research methods. It prepares students to design, carry out, report, read and evaluate qualitative research projects. The course has the dual aims of equipping students with conceptual understandings of current academic debates regarding qualitative methods, and with practical skills to put those methods into practice.
AND 0.5 unit from the following:*
- Handling Disruption: Humanitarian Emergencies Management and Development
- Information Systems for the Public Sector: Digital Government and Service Innovation
- eHealth: Policy, Strategy and Systems
- Global Sourcing and Management of Business and IT Services
- Information Technology and Service Innovation
- Data Governance: Privacy, Openness and Transparency
- Social Computing, Data and Information Service
The main focus of year two is the Research Paper in Management course where students will be required to produce a research paper, between 7,000 and 15,000 words, related to the student's designated major field, to be submitted at the end of Lent Term.
Students will also be required to complete the following:
Managing Digital Platform Innovation
The course deals with the dynamics of large- scale digital service platforms and their associated ecosystems. It is based on the extant research into modularity, platforms, boundary resources, and digital ecosystems across the fields of management, innovation, and information technology studies. The aim to ground the students in the traditional conceptualisations of IS and use this as the base for exploring the theoretical challenges brought about by a variety of digital and layered-modular multi-sided platforms.
Technology, Practise and Institutions
The course will deal with the restructuring of social practices associated with the involvement of technologies of computing and communication in social and organisational life. These ideas will be explored within the context of established institutional fields such as finance, law or health care but it will consider as well the advent of new practices (social media, big data) and the organisational forms within which such practices are accommodated.
You can find the most up-to-date list of courses in the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar.
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