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813624S Information Systems Theory, 7 ECTS cr 
Code 813624S  Validity 01.08.2011 -
Name Information Systems Theory  Abbreviation Information Sys 
Scope7 ECTS cr   
TypeAdvanced Studies Discipline3259 Information Processing Science 
  Grading1 - 5, pass, fail 
Unit Information Processing Science DP 

Anssi Öörni 

ECTS Credits 

7 ECTS credits/187 hours of work

Language of instruction 



2nd year of Master’s studies, autumn semester, periods 1 + 2

Learning outcomes 

: After completing the course, the student:

•    Will have a good knowledge and understanding of a broad array of research topics and themes within the field of information systems;
•    Will have good knowledge and understanding of information systems research and the process by which that research is produced;
•    Can publish critical IS research articles in some of the leading academic journals and conference proceedings;
•    Can critically analyse and synthesise academic sources;
•    Can verbally present arguments in an academic fashion;
•    Can write a literature review on an IS research topic.


1.    Information Systems Research Overview
2.    A contemporary selection of IS research themes, such as:
•    Information systems success and failure;
•    Information systems development;
•    Understanding the end-user;
•    Risk management;
•    Cultural Issues in information systems.

Mode of delivery 

Face-to-face teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods 

Lectures 1.5 ECTS credits (40.5h), class preparation 1.5 ECTS (40.5h), and exercises 4 ECTS (107h).

Target group 

Master’s level students

Prerequisites and co-requisites 

Bachelor degree or other equivalent degree and “Research Methods” course (813621S). 813624S is a substantive overview of research in information systems, not a methods course, and students should be familiar with research methods prior to enrolling in 813624S.

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Recommended or required reading 

To be announced during the course implementation

Assessment methods and criteria 

Class Preparation:
Paper summaries        15%       
Class Discussion         15%
Class Quizzes        15%

Research Proposal One    2.5%
Essay Assignment One    25%

Research Proposal Two    2.5%
Essay Assignment Two    25%

Note that there is no final exam.



Person responsible 

Tuure Tuunanen

Working life cooperation 


Other information 

Course material can be found at OPTIMA e-learning environment, Urkund is used for course work submissions.


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