INTERNATIONAL BURCH UNIVERSITY
Graduate Study - Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Information Technology PhD
2013-2014

SYLLABUS
Code Name Level Year Semester
CEN 661 Special Topics in Decision Support Systems Graduate 1 Fall
Status Number of ECTS Credits Class Hours Per Week Total Hours Per Semester Language
7.5 64 English

Instructor Assistant Coordinator
Meliha HANDZIC, Prof. Dr. Meliha HANDZIC, Prof. Dr.
[email protected] no email

COURSE OBJECTIVE
This subject considers the intellectual foundations of the DSS field and the current state of DSS research. It exposes students to research process and different approaches used in studying DSS. It aims to equip research students with the skills to guide them through the key steps in developing their DSS research strategies and research proposals.

COURSE CONTENT
Week
Topic
  1. Course Introduction
  2. Typical DSS research article format
  3. Intellectual foundations of DSS-research and theory
  4. Current state of DSS research - literature review
  5. DSS research planning, design and writing a research proposal
  6. Experimental study of DSS
  7. Survey-based study of DSS
  8. DSS case study
  9. Focus groups in DSS research
  10. Archival and historical research in DSS
  11. Action and design research in DSS
  12. Ethics in DSS research
  13. Students’ Research Proposals Presentations
  14. Course Revision and Evaluation

LABORATORY/PRACTICE PLAN
Week
Topic

    TEACHING/ASSESSMENT
    Description
    • Seminar
    • Other:Discussions
    Description (%)
    Method Quantity Percentage (%)
    +Class participation110
    Paper critique120
    Literature review130
    Research proposal140
    Total: 100
    Learning outcomes
    • Professional Knowledge and Skills: - Understanding of the nature and process of research in DSS. - Knowledge of different approaches and methods used in DSS research. - Fundamental research skills in DSS
    • Transferable skills and other atributes: - Critical thinking and problem solving. - Oral and written communication. - Teamwork and leadership. - Social and ethical perspectives.
    TEXTBOOK(S)
    • - Selected readings (TBA)

    ECTS (Allocated based on student) WORKLOAD
    Activities Quantity Duration (Hour) Total Work Load
    Lecture (14 weeks x Lecture hours per week)48148
    Laboratory / Practice (14 weeks x Laboratory/Practice hours per week)16116
    Midterm Examination (1 week) 0
    Final Examination(1 week) 0
    Preparation for Midterm Examination 0
    Preparation for Final Examination7.50
    Total Workload: 64
    ECTS Credit (Total workload/25): 3