Study Skills and Contemporary Topics in Information Systems and Digital Innovations

This information is for the 2020/21 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 and digital innovation as well as the essential skills relevant to the MISDI programme.

The course will discuss the most contemporary trends in information systems and digital innovation and provide an overview of the changing nature and environment of information technology. It will include seminars by various visiting speakers from academia and industry who discuss a wide range of issues relevant to contemporary information systems. It will also offer an overview of different IS research domains and trends.

Career advice, study skills, and other practical skills will be provided.


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.

Important information in response to COVID-19

Please note that during 2020/21 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the situation of students in attendance on campus and those studying online during the early part of the academic year. For assessment, this may involve changes to mode of delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.

Key facts

Department: Management

Total students 2019/20: 90

Average class size 2019/20: Unavailable

Controlled access 2019/20: No

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