MIS41200 Thesis-Research Positioning and Gap

Academic Year 2020/2021

This module is part 1. of the Masters research thesis. The main deliverable is the production of a research-in-progress paper conforming to the publication requirements of a selected academic conference.
The thesis research project is an optional capstone track for the MSc in Digital Innovation programme. It offers an opportunity to conduct in-depth scholarly research in a well defined area, engaging with industry to gather data or conduct field work. While the thesis is supervised the bulk of the student’s time is spent in self-­directed research and writing activities.

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Learning Outcomes:

On completing this module students will have: Identified the research question(s) and relevant concepts, theories, extant evidence, and benefits of further investigation. Formulated hypotheses, propositions and/or conceptual models; Demonstrated an appreciation for the history of ideas and theories related to the research question(s) gaps in current understandings, formulated research questions, knowledge of the suite of potential theories for interpretation, and knowledge of current literature and bodies of evidence; Proposed a research design. Explained how the approach addresses the research question(s) and how the research may be conducted. Applied Ethics Review process for the proposed research impact on human subjects (complying with UCD HREC requirements).

Student Effort Type Hours


Autonomous Student Learning




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
Essay: A short paper in style of a Research-in-Progress article (for example, formatted for the ECIS or ICIS conferences). Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded Yes


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer No
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Reading group meetings will review work-in-progress writing of the research article for formative feedback. Summative feedback on individual presentations and term paper at end of term.

Name Role
Professor Stefan Klein Subject Extern Examiner

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