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Uusi opinto-opas (sisältäen myös opetusohjelmat) lukuvuodelle 2018-2019 sijaitsee osoitteessa . Tältä sivustolta löytyvät enää vanhat opinto-oppaat ja opetusohjelmat.

The new study guide (incl. teaching schedules) for academic year 2018-2019 can be found at This site contains only previous years' guides.

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Archived Curricula Guide 2016–2018
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TJ095007 TJJ1 Information Systems Research Methodologies 16 ECTS
Organised by
Information Systems Science
Person in charge
Hongxiu Li, Hannu Salmela

Learning outcomes

The aim of the course is to give the PhD student a basic knowledge on the IS research methods and the IS discipline as a whole. Upon completion of the course the student is able to identify key strengths of different IS research methods and evaluate the relevance of these methods for his/her research project. The student knows the key rules that need to be adhered when applying each of these methods and thus can evaluate the rigor of his/her own research as well as that of other doctoral students. The student is familiar with origins of Information Systems Science (ISS) as a research discipline and can identify the main IS research streams and seminal articles whitin them. The student also knows contemporary research conducted in one of the IS research fields studied in Turku universities.


The literature of the course introduces the general methodologies used in Information Systems research, including Case Study Research, Action Research, Design Science, and Survey. The course literature describes also the origin and characteristics of Information Systems Science (ISS) as a discipline - what makes ISS a scientific discipline of its own. Furthermore, the literature in-cludes some central articles for the discipline, which both exemplify the research that is done in ISS and shows the central advancements of the discipline during the last decades. As a whole, the literature forms the general knowledge of the discipline, which serves as a basis upon which to build doctoral research. The course is mandatory to all PhD students in the department of Information Systems Science. For further information and instructions, please see the course area in Moodle2.

Teaching methods

No lectures.

Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Written exam
  • In English

Written examination TJ095013 TJJ1 Part I, IS Discipline, 4 ECTS
Written examination TJ095014 TJJ1 Part II, IS Research Methods, 5 ECTS
Written examination TJ095015 TJJ1 Part III, IS Research Fields, 4 ECTS
Written examination TJ095016 TJJ1 Part IV, TISRA Research Fields, 3 ECTS


Numeric 0-5.

Study materials

A collection of journal articles and other written material.

Belongs to following study modules

Department of Management and Entrepreneurship
Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
Implementation details are unavailable.
Department of Management and Entrepreneurship
Management and Organisation
Information Systems Science
Information Systems Science
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