Study Skills and Contemporary Topics in Information Systems and Digital Innovations

This information is for the 2021/22 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Antonio Cordella


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

Burrell, J. 2016. "How the Machine ‘Thinks’: Understanding Opacity in Machine Learning Algorithms," Big Data & Society (3:1), p. 2053951715622512.

Kohli, R. and Melville, N.P., 2019. Digital innovation: A review and synthesis. Information Systems Journal, 29(1), pp.200-223.

Nambisan, S., Lyytinen, K., Majchrzak, A. and Song, M., 2017. Digital Innovation Management: Reinventing innovation management research in a digital world. Mis Quarterly, 41(1).

Rossi, M., Mueller-Bloch, C., Thatcher, J.B. and Beck, R., 2019. Blockchain research in information systems: Current trends and an inclusive future research agenda. Journal of the Association for Information Systems, 20(9), p.14.

Other books and journal articles will be recommended.


The course is not formally assessed.

Course selection videos

Some departments have produced short videos to introduce their courses. Please refer to the course selection videos index page for further information.

Important information in response to COVID-19

Please note that during 2021/22 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 differing needs of students in attendance on campus and those who might be studying online. For example, this may involve changes to the mode of teaching 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 2020/21: 112

Average class size 2020/21: Unavailable

Controlled access 2020/21: 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