MIS40910 Skills for Business Enquiry

Academic Year 2019/2020

The aim of this module is to help students develop skills required in understanding, explaining and leading digital innovation and organisational change. The skills are primarily skills of communication, analysis, critique, theorizing, argumentation and team-work, and will be developed in the context of current debates and conversations around issues relating to digital innovation. Students will also be introduced to different modes of inquiry and will critically evaluate research outputs and their associated knowledge claims.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completing this module you will be expected to be able to:
(a) Critically evaluate research studies on digital innovation, their associated assumptions and claims, and arrive at sensible critiques of their research contributions;
(b) Recognise fallacious reasoning and biases in argumentation;
(c) Understand different modes of inquiry used in the study of digital innovation;
(d) Demonstrate knowledge and application of methods addressing ethical issues in conducting investigations into digital innovation;
(e) Conduct an inquiry-based project on digital innovation and write it up as a report.

Indicative Module Content:

This is an indicative list of lecture topics, which may be subject to change as the module progresses.
Critical Thinking
Rhetoric, Fallacies and Argument
Asking Questions
Paradigms of Inquiry
Collecting and Analysing Evidence
Doing a literature review
Writing up an inquiry project
Theory and Theorizing
Presenting the results of your inquiry
Ethics in business inquiry
Designing and managing an inquiry project

Student Effort Type Hours
Seminar (or Webinar)


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: Research Proposal Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Examination: Final Examination 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Graded No


Continuous Assessment: Individual contribution - wiki, submissions, etc. Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Online individual/group feedback on preliminary proposal. Also, online individual/group feedback on final proposal. In-class feedback on preliminary proposal. Students can request feedback on final examination.

Cottrell, Stella (2017) Critical Thinking Skills: Developing Effective Analysis and Argument. 3rd edition. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
This book is essential for the module, but most especially for the examination. The 2nd edition may also be used.

These three books are recommended, especially if you are considering doing the Business Research Project (MIS40720):
* Bryman, Alan; Bell, Emma; and Harley, Bill (2018) Business Research Methods. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
* Silverman, David (2016) A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book About Qualitative Research. London: Sage.
* Czarniawska, Barbara (2014) Social Science Research: From Field to Desk. London: Sage.
Name Role
Professor Séamas Kelly Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Stefan Klein Subject Extern Examiner

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