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MIS901 - Theory in Information Systems Research

Year:2023 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Van-Hau Trieu


Incompatible with: Nil
Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the trimester undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit. This will include three (3) face-to-face contact hours per week (1 x 3 seminar). Students are expected to complete ten hours per week of independent individual or collaborative study as part of the unit. 

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 3 hour seminar per week. 

Scheduled learning activities - online:

1 x 3 hour seminar per week. 


Trimester 1 will be taught in Block mode

Trimester 1 dates:

8 March 2023
22 March 2023
5 April 2023
19 April 2023
3 May 2023


This unit is designed to provide a broad exposure to the major topics in the Information Systems, including coverage of recent research in the field. It will provide you with a working knowledge of the important substantive topics and conceptual ideas that underlie contemporary Information Systems research. The major aims of the unit are to help students: (1) understand the major theories, perspectives and methods employed in the field, including in the key research streams; (2) become a more sophisticated consumer of information systems research via its critical evaluation; and (3) identify theoretical gaps in the extant Information Systems literature and opportunities for future research. 

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes
ULO1 Critically analyse and critique major themes in the Information Systems literature across quantitative and qualitative research. GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
ULO2 Communicate effectively regarding research using written and oral forms. GLO2: Communication
ULO3 Critically evaluate research in the field of information systems in the light of existing theories and practices. GLO4: Critical thinking
ULO4 Identify theoretical gaps in the extant information systems literature and provide research-related solutions for addressing these gaps. GLO5: Problem solving


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1: (Individual) Seminar participation Questions to lead discussion 10% One (pre-allocated) seminar during the trimester

Assessment 2: (Individual) Report (Research)

2400 words

30% Week 8

Assessment 3: (Individual) Conceptual paper

4000 words 60% Week 11

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Hurdle requirement

Complete and submit all assessment tasks and achieve at least 50% of the marks available overall to evidence a minimum proficiency in the aligned discipline learning outcomes included in this unit.

Learning Resource

There is no prescribed text. Unit materials are provided via the unit site. This includes unit topic readings and references to further information.

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