The MCIS is offered in two formats, full-time and part-time.
It can also be done by Dissertation only or (more usually) by Coursework and
Dissertation. Details of this second approach are now discussed. The formats
are identical except in regard to the timing of the dissertation. Students who
want to finish all their coursework and dissertation work within a single
calendar year will sign up for the full-time format; otherwise they will take
an extra year to focus exclusively on their dissertations. Details of the
The program has a number of taught modules, 4 technology
projects, and a dissertation. These are discussed separately below:
- A research
methodology component to guide you through the steps of doing your thesis. This
component should be pretty much completed by the end of the first semester. The
prescribed book for this is "Applied Business Research" by Cavana et
al, Wiley (Australia), ISBN 0471341266. It is fairly expensive but the only prescribed
text for the year.
- A critical reading component including an introduction to
research and critical thought in Information Systems Critical thinking, theory,
scientific theory generation and testing, critique of research papers, writing
research papers, reading and reviewing research articles, the sociology of
research in information systems, important research streams, challenges to IS
research, the culture of research.
- An advanced content component consisting of selected topics
of interest to students centered around the research interests of current IS
staff and academic visitors.
The research methodology module lasts about 5 months. The
critical reading and advanced content modules take place concurrently and more
or less evenly spread throughout the academic year. Already during the initial
ten-month program, students are encouraged to work on their dissertations. FT students
should commence their research by May of the year they begin if they intend to
complete their data gathering by the start of the second year. PT students will
not normally commence their research until the second year of their program.
During the second year, full-time (and, where appropriate, part-time) students
will present the progress of their research at regular meetings to provide
guidance and to share experiences with other students.
- A set of student-driven seminars whereby students
individually present and (as a group) critique topics of their choice or as