Advanced Topics in Information Systems 1

Name in diploma supplement
Organisational Unit Forschungsgruppe Wirtschaftsinformatik und Unternehmensmodellierung (http://www.wi-inf.uni-duisburg-essen.de/FGFrank/)
LecturersDr. Monika Kaczmarek-Heß
Cyclewinter semesterParticipants at mostno limit

Preliminary knowledge

Qualification Targets


  • understand the general history of IS research
  • are able to critically read, think about, and analyze an IS contribution and, to a certain extent, interpret and evaluate research contributions
  • have a fundamental understanding of selected research approaches, strategies and methods
  • are aware of underlying issues in the philosophy of science
  • know about key IS research outlets such as journals, conferences, and workshops


Advanced Topics in Information Systems 1 (ATIS1) is designed as the first confrontation with Information Systems (IS) research literature. IS as a scientific discipline deals with technical as well as behavioural issues surrounding the development, use, management, and impact of computer-based information systems, i.e. socio-technical systems comprising technology, organizations, and people. The IS discipline is the English-speaking world's counterpart to "Wirtschaftsinformatik". This research-focused unit introduces core research strategies and methods employed in IS research and demonstrates their use in selected IS research contributions. The course aims at developing the ability to critically read, think about, analyze, interpret, and evaluate research literature.


  • Oates, Briony: Researching Information Systems and Computing, Sage, London, UK, 2006 (UB: E30 TTI1132 and E33 TTI1132).
  • Frank, U.: Towards a Pluralistic Conception of Research Methods in Information Systems Research. ICB-Research Report, Institut für Informatik und Wirtschaftsinformatik, Universität Duisburg-Essen, No. 7, 2006.


Written examination in English (usually 60-90 Minutes).


  • WiInf Master 2010>Wahlpflichtbereich >Wahlpflichtbereich I: Wirtschaftsinformatik >Modul "Advanced Topics in Information Systems"1st-3rd Semester, Elective
WIWI‑C0535 - Lecture: Advanced Topics in Information Systems 1