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

  • Enseignant(s):   S.Missonier   B.Mueller  
  • Cours donné en: français
  • Crédits ECTS: 3 crédits
  • Horaire: Semestre de printemps 2021-2022, 2.0h. de cours (moyenne hebdomadaire)
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  • Formation concernée: Maîtrise universitaire ès Sciences en systèmes d'information
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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 online course (with Zoom) 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

Each week before the course session, we will post the main elements of the course (pre-recorded videos and corresponding slides) on Moodle. The two-hour online session will aim to go back over these key elements, interact directly with you, answer your questions and do exercises. 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. You will also have 2 coaching sessions to help you prepare for the assignments.

  • Thursday March 11, 14:00 – 16:00
  • Thursday March 25, 14:00 – 16:00
  • Thursday April 1, 14:00 – 17:00 (coaching session)
  • Thursday April 29, 14:00 - 16:00
  • Monday May 10, 14:00 – 16:00
  • Monday May 31, 14:00 - 17:00 (coaching session)




1ère tentative

Sans examen (cf. modalités)  

Two individual assignments:

  1. Literature review (50%)
  2. Research proposal (slides + presentation/video) (50%)



Sans examen (cf. modalités)  


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

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