The aim of the course is to provide a methodological foundation for the Master Thesis. Students will gain advanced knowledge of epistemologies and relevant methods for Information Systems. They will acquire specialised problem-solving skills, being able to conduct a systematic data collection and analysis. They shall take responsibility to conduct the steps of a research project, according to professional and ethical standards.



The student...

  • is able to understand the main epistemologies relevant for IS research
  • is able to describe main research methods, such as surveys, case studies, design research and experiments
  • is able to assess critically and ethically the suitability of a method for a research issue



The student...

  • is able to conduct a data collection process, both on qualitative and quantitative data
  • is able to conduct a data analysis process, both on qualitative and quantitative data
  • is able to present findings, appropriate for the target group


General Competence

The student...

  • is able to analyze a Master Thesis topic, and select and justify an appropriate research approach
  • is able to design and plan a research project
  • is able to assess issues and challenges on validity

Emnet inngår i

Master of Information Systems in Digital Business Systems

Master of Information Systems in Management and Innovation


The course is structured in block mode for four weeks. The first three weeks will be a combination of lectures and presentations in. The last week are for self-study and essay writing.

Anbefalt tidsbruk

Lectures and student guidance: 36 hours

Self-study: 76 hours

Preparation for presentation/discussion in class: 10 hours

Exercise: 28 hours

Assessment: 50 hours

Total: 200 hours


Excel for quantitative analysis


Exam type: Individual written home examination

Duration: 3 weeks

Grading scale: Norwegian grading system using the graded scale A - F where A is the best grade, E is the lowest pass grade and F is fail 

Weighting: 100 % of the overall grade 

Support materials: All support materials are allowed


​In addition to literature and other teaching material, scheduled teaching and other scheduled learning activities are always part of the syllabus.