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Séminaire d’introduction à la recherche 1 :Qualitative research and Design Science research

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  • English title: Introduction Research Seminar I : Qualitative research and Design Science research
  • Course given in: French
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  • Schedule: Autumn or Spring Semester 2019-2020, 0.0h. course (weekly average)
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  • Related programme: Master of Science (MSc) in Information Systems
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This course is an introduction to information systems (IS) research practices. It is dedicated to students who consider pursuing their curriculum with a master thesis in Management of Information Systems (MIS) and/or doctoral studies in MIS. The goal of this course is to provide students the foundations of IS research and to understand the academic requirements for their IS master thesis.

Through this course, students will learn about to build a research question, to read relevant research papers with a critical view, and to define an appropriated research method and plan.

At completion of the course the student will have acquired the following:

  • Knowledge: Be conversant with research in the IS field and IS methods (Qualitative, quantitative and Design science research methods) that are relevant for their research area and on a general level.
  • Skills: Be able to identify key research issues and formulate good research question, and provide an appropriated literature review.
  • General competence: Be aware of how to execute their own research /master thesis with academic integrity and in line with ethical codes and principles.


The course is structured around a set of fundamental questions related to IS master thesis, IS research and associated methodology, some of which are listed hereafter.

  • What are the main requirements of the IS master thesis? How to conduct it?
  • What is IS research? and what is specific about it?
  • What are the most popular IS research methods (qualitative, quantitative and design science research methods)?
  • What is valid knowledge? How to produce valid knowledge?
  • What is the notion of state of the art and why is it important in research? And how to conduct a literature review?
  • What is a scientific publication and what is the process to produce one?

The course will be taught (both in French and in English) through lectures and seminars where there will be a strong emphasis on class participation and discussion.

Detailed schedule

The course will take place every two or three weeks, in order to let students prepare the discussions and presentations that will structure the content of the course. Hereafter is a detailed schedule.

  • Thursday March 5, 14:00 – 17:00
  • Thursday March 26, 14:00 – 17:00
  • Thursday April 30, 14:00 – 17:00
  • Thursday May 14, 14:00 - 17:00
  • Thursday May 28, 14:00 – 17:00



First attempt

Without exam (cf. terms)  
Two assignments (50%) + written exam (50%) Due by May 19, 2020


Without exam (cf. terms)  


Exceptional due to coronavirus and on-line exams

Students will have to submit a new version of the two initial assignments by following the initial guidelines on Moodle:

- their Research proposal

- their literature review

the two documents are due by August 17, 2020

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