Study Skills and Research Methods

This information is for the 2017/18 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Stephen Smithson NAB3.31


This course is compulsory on the MSc in Management of Information Systems and Digital 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 MISDI programme.

Various views of the changing nature and environment of information technology. Research and study skills, team working 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.

Indicative reading

T Cornford & S Smithson, Project Research in Information Systems, Macmillan, 2nd edn, 2005.

Other books and journal articles will be recommended.


The course is not formally assessed.

Key facts

Department: Management

Total students 2016/17: 90

Average class size 2016/17: Unavailable

Controlled access 2016/17: No

Lecture capture used 2016/17: Yes (MT & LT)

Value: Non-credit bearing

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

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