MIS40910 Skills for Business Enquiry

Academic Year 2023/2024

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, imagination, 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 value;
(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.

The module is designed to enhance – and will assess – your communication skills (writing, presenting, in particular), as well as your teamwork skills.

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
Paradigms of inquiry and innovation
Asking questions
Doing a literature review
Collecting and analysing evidence
Writing up an inquiry project
Theory and theorizing
Futures thinking
Presenting the results of your inquiry
Ethics in business inquiry
Designing and managing an inquiry project

Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning


Seminar (or Webinar)




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
Assignment: Academic Integrity Asssessment Week 7 n/a Other No


Continuous Assessment: Research Proposal - Groupwork Week 9 n/a Graded No


Continuous Assessment: Out-of-class (Wiki etc.) contributions Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Continuous Assessment: In-class contributions Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Multiple Choice Questionnaire: Online test of student's knowledge of logical fallacies and biases. Week 4 n/a Graded No


Essay: Term Paper (incl. interview) Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring Yes - 2 Hour
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.

Textbook *** Both are available as e-books in the library, so no need to purchase ***
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 in-term examination.

Polonsky, Michael, & Waller, David (2019). Designing and Managing a Research Project: A Business Student’s Guide. SAGE Publications.
Some chapters of this book will be recommended.
Online Learning Offering 1 Week(s) - 11 Fri 12:00 - 12:50
Online Learning Offering 1 Week(s) - 7 Thurs 09:00 - 09:50
Online Learning Offering 1 Week(s) - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12 Thurs 12:00 - 12:50
Seminar Offering 1 Week(s) - 5, 8 Wed 09:30 - 12:00
Seminar Offering 1 Week(s) - 1, 2 Wed 15:00 - 17:30
Seminar Offering 1 Week(s) - 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Wed 15:00 - 17:30

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