TJTS5002 Information Systems Theories (5 cr)

Study level:
Advanced studies
Grading scale:
English, Finnish
Responsible organisation:
Faculty of Information Technology
Curriculum periods:
2020-2021, 2021-2022, 2022-2023



Using prior literature and theory is a critical building block of a Master’s Thesis in information systems (IS). Therefore, this course aims to provide knowledge and support for the Master’s Thesis work by offering an overview of research and theory in IS.

The course begins by identifying a variety of contemporary research topics and themes published in IS journals and/or conferences. In short, the constant introduction of new technologies and the continual discovery of new application areas offer timely and exciting opportunities for IS research. The course elaborates on the role of prior literature and theory in IS research; also recognizing how IS relates to other fields (i.e., reference disciplines). Furthermore, the course introduces ways to conduct literature reviews and theoretical background sections for research articles and Master’s Theses. Finally, the students will analyze exemplar articles published in IS journals and/or conferences.

Completion methods

The course will be organized once a year. The course will include lectures/sessions and assignments.

Assessment details

The evaluation will be based on the assignments.

Learning outcomes

After completing the course, the students are able to:

1) Identify a broad array of research topics and themes within the field of information systems (IS);

2) Understand the role of theory and prior literature in IS research;

3) Know how to conduct a literature review and/or develop a theoretical background section (e.g., for a Master’s Thesis);

4) Evaluate, analyze and potentially critique exemplar IS research articles published in journals and/or conferences.

Description of prerequisites

It is recommended to take the course in the second year of Master’s studies, because the course provides knowledge and support for students’ Master’s Thesis work (especially regarding the literature/theory section of a Master’s Thesis).

Study materials

The materials will be specified at the beginning of the course.

Completion methods

Method 1

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Parts of the completion methods

Participation in teaching (5 cr)

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Grading scale:
English, Finnish