Behavioural Research Information Systems

Subject BISY90014 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2011.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours of seminars
Total Time Commitment: Estimated total time commitment of 144 hours per semester.
  • Acceptance into the PhD program
  • ACCT90022 Research Methods (may be taken concurrently with this subject)
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Department of Accounting and Business Information Systems
Level 7, 198 Berkeley Street
The University of Melbourne

Phone: (+61 3) 8344 5475
Fax: (+61 3) 9349 2397

Subject Overview:

This subject is intended to provide foundation knowledge in the theories, methods and applications in behavioural research in business information systems. Literature across the full spectrum of levels of analysis (individual, group, organisational and societal) is surveyed. The unifying theme of the subject is the study of human behaviour in the development, management and use of information technologies in business.

Objectives: On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  • Evaluate the behavioural theoretical frameworks used to study business information systems
  • Apply alternative paradigms to explain phenomena in the development, management and use of business information systems
  • Evaluate business information systems at multiple levels of analysis: individual, group, organisational and economy
  • Synthesise current research literature with a view to identifying research questions that are relevant to practitioners and that make a significant contribution to the research literature
  • Six research reaction papers due at regular intervals during the semester (30%)
  • Class participation (10%)
  • Discussion leadership (20%)
  • End-of-semester take-home examination not exceeding 4000 words (40%)
Prescribed Texts:

Selected readings, Department of Accounting and Business Information Systems.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

On successful completion of this subject, students should have improved the following generic skills:

  • Problem solving
  • Collaborative learning and team work
  • Critical thinking
  • Evaluation, analysis and criticism of extant research literature
  • Listening to others, evaluation of arguments and defending a position
  • Oral communication and presentation skills
  • Written communication

This is an elective in the PhD program.

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