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INFO490 Dissertation

A supervised research project on an approved topic leading to the production of a dissertation.

In this paper each student undertakes a supervised research project on an Information Science topic of particular interest to them. The project includes: selecting a research topic and supervisor; a review of relevant publications; choosing an appropriate research method; data acquisition by experiment, survey or case study; analysing and interpreting results; oral presentations; and a written dissertation. To introduce students to the skills and knowledge required to successfully complete their project, the paper begins with classroom-based sessions on scientific research and its methods. This introduction is designed to reorient students from being, typically, passive consumers and reproducers of established knowledge towards becoming active evaluators and creators of original scientific knowledge. Each student, thereafter, works on their own project under appropriate supervision.

Paper title Dissertation
Paper code INFO490
Subject Information Science
EFTS 0.3333
Points 40 points
Teaching period(s) Full Year, 1st Non standard period (10 July 2017 - 20 June 2018)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,513.08
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $10,298.97

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Limited to
BA(Hons), BCom(Hons), BSc(Hons), PGDipArts, PGDipCom, PGDipSci, MSc, MCom, MA
Notes
(i) Admission normally requires at least a B average in the 300-level papers taken previously. (ii) Doing INFO 490 in a single semester is exceptional and requires approval from the Head of Department.
Eligibility
Suitable for graduates anticipating:
  • Postgraduate study requiring scientific research in the discipline of Information Science
  • A need to investigate and solve IT-related problems in a business environment
Contact
tehrany@infoscience.otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinator Dr Maryam Purvis
Paper Structure
The Research Methods sessions include:
  • The research process
  • Research design
  • Defining the research problem
  • Data analysis
  • Hypothesis construction
  • Making a research proposal
  • Literature search and review
  • Reporting research
  • Research methodologies
  • A case study in empirical research
Each student chooses their own research topic and supervisor(s) in consultation with, and with the approval of, the Course Co-ordinator.
Teaching Arrangements
Seven 2-hour classroom sessions in the first semester
Supervision by one or more academic staff throughout the first and second semesters
Textbooks
Required:

Leedy, P.D. and Ormrod, J.E., 2013. Practical Research: Planning and Design, 10th Edition. Pearson Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey.

Recommended:

Saunders, M., Lewis P., and Thornhill, A., 2007. Research Methods for Business Students. 4th Edition. Pearson Prentice Hall, Harlow, England;

Hunt, Andy, 2005. Your research project: How to Manage it., Routledge Study Guides. (An e-book that can be borrowed online from the University Library)
Course outline
View the most recent Course Outline
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Ethics.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this paper, students should be able to:
  • Carry out a self-contained piece of research under supervision using appropriate methods and practices in Information Science
  • Critically evaluate their own and others' research

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Timetable

Full Year

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
None

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Friday 10:00-11:50 9-14, 17

Seminar

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Friday 14:00-16:50 19, 30, 39

1st Non standard period (10 July 2017 - 20 June 2018)

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
None

A supervised research project on an approved topic leading to the production of a dissertation.

In this paper each student undertakes a supervised research project on an information science topic of particular interest to them. The project includes selecting a research topic and supervisor; a review of relevant publications; choosing an appropriate research method; data acquisition by experiment, survey or case study; analysing and interpreting results; oral presentations; and a written dissertation. To introduce students to the skills and knowledge required to successfully complete their project, the paper begins with classroom-based sessions on scientific research and its methods. This introduction is designed to reorient students from being, typically, passive consumers and reproducers of established knowledge towards becoming active evaluators and creators of original scientific knowledge. Each student, thereafter, works on their own project under appropriate supervision.

Paper title Dissertation
Paper code INFO490
Subject Information Science
EFTS 0.3333
Points 40 points
Teaching period Full Year
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2018 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Limited to
BA(Hons), BCom(Hons), BSc(Hons), PGDipArts, PGDipCom, PGDipSci, MSc, MCom, MA
Notes
(i) Admission normally requires at least a B average in the 300-level papers taken previously. (ii) Doing INFO 490 in a single semester is exceptional and requires approval from the Head of Department.
Eligibility
Suitable for graduates anticipating:
  • Postgraduate study requiring scientific research in the discipline of telecommunications
  • A need to investigate and solve telecommunications-related problems in a business environment
Contact
infoscience@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Students undertake a full-year project under the supervision of staff with relevant research experience. The specific staff involved will depend on topics selected by students.
Paper Structure
The Research Methods sessions include:
  • The research process
  • Research design
  • Defining the research problem
  • Data analysis
  • Hypothesis construction
  • Making a research proposal
  • Literature search and review
  • Reporting research
  • Research methodologies
  • A case study in empirical research
Teaching Arrangements
Seven 2-hour classroom sessions in the first semester

Additional meetings and mentoring time with supervisors takes place throughout both semesters (this is one-on-one and arranged with supervisors, so will vary from student to student).
Textbooks
Required:
  • Leedy, P.D. and Ormrod, J.E., 2013. Practical Research: Planning and Design, 10th Edition. Pearson Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey
Recommended:
  • Saunders, M., Lewis P., and Thornhill, A., 2007. Research Methods for Business Students. 4th Edition. Pearson Prentice Hall, Harlow, England
  • Hunt, Andy, 2005. Your research project: How to Manage it., Routledge Study Guides (an e-book that can be borrowed online from the University Library)
Course outline
View the most recent Course Outline
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this paper, students should be able to
  • Carry out a self-contained piece of research under supervision using appropriate methods and practices in information science
  • Critically evaluate their own and others' research

^ Top of page

Timetable

Full Year

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
None

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Friday 10:00-11:50 9-12, 15-17

Seminar

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Friday 14:00-16:50 19, 30, 39