MIS41210 Independent study: execution, analysis, completion

Academic Year 2023/2024

Following successful completion of MIS41200, with their supervisor’s coaching, students will conduct and write up their study. The main deliverable can be one of the following:
a. an academic paper (with or without empirics),
b. an action-research project,
c. a design science research project,
d. a fully researched new venture proposal.

The content of this module depends on the approach to learning taken in MIS41200:
a. a study for an academic outlet would be conducted according to the requirements of the outlet chosen,
b. an action-research project would require engaging with an existing organization on a quasi-consulting basis,
c. a design science project would be focused on technological requirements from a real case,
d. a proposal for a startup (or other new venture) needs to be grounded and convincing.

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Learning Outcomes:

On completing this module, students will be able to:
- explore a new domain of practice or identify gaps in current understandings about it,
- identify a relevant angle to focus their study and activities,
- find relevant studies, concepts, theories, empirical materials, to conduct their study,
- critically assess advantages, disadvantages, and appropriateness of different approaches.
On completing the independent study path, student will have:
1. exercised their creative, questioning, analytical, and writing skills in a focused and practical manner,
2. acquired an in-depth understanding of a topic of their interest,
3. experienced and understood the steps involved in conducting a study, also for practical purposes,
4. learned to communicate the study’s results in a coherent and well-structured manner.
In sum, students would become able to conduct a study also for practical purposes and critically assess their own findings.

Student Effort Type Hours


Autonomous Student Learning




Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
MIS41200 - Independent study: Positioning

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 paper or a design science/action research report. Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded Yes


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn 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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