MIS41200 Independent study: Positioning

Academic Year 2023/2024

This study path is an optional track for the MSc in Digital Innovation programme. It offers an opportunity to conduct independent studies with the support of a supervisor with expertise in the student’s area of interest. Most of the student’s time is spent in self-directed study and writing activities.

This module is the first part of the supervised independent study path. This module offers to postgraduate students the opportunity to select and focus on a topic of their interest from a digital innovation perspective. They will devise and start an independent study taking responsibility for their learning process while gaining an in-depth understanding of a particular aspect or case of digital innovation.

In agreement with module coordinator and supervisor, students can engage in different approaches to learning:
a. a study targeting an academic outlet,
b. an action-research project engaging with an existing organization on a quasi-consulting basis,
c. a design science project focused on technological requirements from a real case,
d. a grounded and credible proposal for a startup (or other new ventures).

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

By selecting an interesting and relevant topic, discussing with their supervisor, and elaborating a suitable design for their study, students can:
1. exercise their creative, questioning, and analytical and writing skills in a focused and practical manner,
2. acquire an in-depth understanding of a topic of their interest,
3. experience and understand the steps involved in conducting a study, also for practical purposes,
4. learn to communicate the study’s results in a coherent and well-structured manner.

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: Depending on the study approach agreed upon with the module coordinator and study supervisor, the submittable can be a research in progress, or a plan for a report (design science/action research) 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.

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