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Foundations of information science

Course code:INFOMFIS
Credits:7.5 ECTS
Period:period 2 (week 46 through 5, i.e., 9-11-2020 through 5-2-2021; retake week 16)
Participants:up till now 5 subscriptions
Schedule:Official schedule representation can be found in MyTimetable
lecture          Inge van de Weerd
Iris Beerepoot
Contents:Maximum number of students: 20; subscription policy: first-come, first-served

Update Oct 14: We hope/expect that one of the lectures will take place on campus (the Thursday lecture) and the other one remote via MS Teams. The campus lecture will have a strong focus on discussing the literature, both by the lecturers and the students. The online lecture will focus on student presentations (with a smaller role for discussions).

The overall aim of this course is to provide you with a theoretical foundation for research in information science (IS). During the course, you will learn the influential theories and research streams in the field of IS.

After successfully completing this course, you…

  1. have learned what theory is and what role it plays in research;
  2. are familiar with existing theorizing strategies;
  3. are able to evaluate theoretical contributions in research;
  4. are familiar with the theoretical foundations of contemporary IS research;
  5. are able to develop and write your own theoretical contributions about IS-related phenomena;
  6. are able to use existing IS theories in developing a research design;
  7. are able to propose the foundations of a new IS theory or propose new elements to an existing theory, as well as an approach on how this theory should be validated;
  8. are able to present your work both orally and in writing.
We aim to deliver these learning outcomes through an interactive and discussion-oriented course. Active class participation is required to maximize your learning.

Literature:The literature for this course consists of a selection of scientific papers that will be announced on Blackboard.

Course form:The course lectures are divided over nine weeks, where each week has its own theme, e.g. ‘IS and the individual’, ‘IS and society, and ‘IS artifacts’. Most weeks contains two lectures: the Tuesday lecture, in which both lecturers and students will present and discuss the literature that was assigned; and the Thursday lecture in which you will show how you apply the theories described in the literature to your own research proposal.

Exam form:Class contribution (individual): 20%
Weekly research proposals (team): 20%
Theory presentation (individual): 20%
Final paper (individual): 40%

Each partial grade needs to be at least 5.5. If you receive a grade below 5.5 for the research proposals, theory presentation and/or final paper, you will get a repair opportunity. We do not offer a repair opportunity for the class contribution grade.

Minimum effort to qualify for 2nd chance exam:Om aan de aanvullende toets te mogen meedoen moet de oorspronkelijke uitslag minstens 4 zijn.