CSC8405 : Research Methods for E-Business and Information Systems

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


1. To prepare the students to undertake a dissertation or research project
2. To appraise the students on relevant research methods appropriate for a Masters dissertation
3. To undertake a substantial literature review in an area of business computing, e-business or information systems.

This module is designed to provide students with the necessary training to undertake advanced level research. The module has two aspects. First, it focuses on the nature of research in the area, examining the study skills necessary to manage and undertake a research project; and secondly, it provides students with opportunities to be familiar with the important empirical and theoretical research. Such skills are intended to provide a good foundation for undertaking a dissertation at an advanced level.

Outline Of Syllabus

* Writing research proposals
* Undertaking literature review
* Qualitative and quantitative research methods
* Online and offline data gathering methods
* Data analysis – tools and techniques
* Writing up

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion101:0010:00Lecture follow-up
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture101:0010:00Lectures
Guided Independent StudyProject work201:0020:00Coursework
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study302:0060:00Background reading
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
CSC8009Research Methods for Computer Science
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures will be used to introduce the learning material and for demonstrating the key concepts by example. Students are expected to follow-up lectures within a few days by re-reading and annotating lecture notes to aid deep learning.

This is a very practical subject, and it is important that the learning materials are supported by hands-on opportunities provided by coursework.

Students aiming for 1st class marks are expected to widen their knowledge beyond the content of lecture notes through background reading.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Research proposal2M100approx 10 pages long (including references)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The assignment will be the development of a research proposal that includes as a major component a review of the literature. The proposal will demonstrate that the student fully appreciates the research methods to be used for the dissertation/project and all of the issues related to managing the project.

There will be an intermediate deadline from which students will be given formative feedback and the chance to seek individual advice in order to improve their performance prior to the final summative assessment.

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