Schedule of courses

Main course

Information Systems (IS) Theories and Methods.

Credits: 3 ECTS

Prof. Stéphanie Missonier

Content overview and approach

This course is designed to provide PhD students the fundamental aspects of IS theories and methodologies. The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of theories using and developing in IS and the main methodological approaches. 

The course is designed to be very interactive and thus participation is crucial. Each student contributes to the success of the class. Therefore, each student should come to class having read and thought about the articles/readings for the week (details of the reading list and assignments Moodle : IS Theories and Methods Spring 2017). The purpose of classes is to discuss what you have learnt from the readings and to clarify points you did not understand. 

Main objectives

The main objective of the course is to familiarise students with the basic assumptions, concepts, theories and methodologies underlying the IS field. More precisely, at this end of this cours, students will:

1. Develop a broad foundation of knowledge of the theories associated with IS research

2. Understand the key theories and classic writings used in IS research

3. Understand the strengths and weaknesses of the commonly used research methodologies in IS

4. Learn to evaluate theoretical contribution in research

5. Be well versed in the process of publishing IT related research in IS

Other courses

The other courses followed by students may come from:

- The PhD programs CUSO: Math and IT.

- The IT and communication EPFL PhD School

- Diverse spring/summer/winter schools.

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