Research project in digital innovation IS3159

This course provides students with an opportunity to develop their research skills and to present a substantial piece of original work based on academic approaches applied within the field of information systems.


  • Either - IS2062 Information systems development and management and
  • IS2138 Information and communications technologies: principles and perspectives.
  • Or - IS2182 Innovating digital systems and services.
  • Or - S2184 Information systems management.

Topics covered

This course consists of an individual project undertaken by the student. The course is intended to consolidate material that is learnt within the programme, and to allow students to develop and apply knowledge in a particular area of digital innovation.

The scope of the project can range from a theoretical investigation of some aspect of information systems, to more practical systems analysis work or study of information systems in use. However, it must remain focused on the core topics of digital innovations and information systems and the application and use of digital technologies within social and organisational contexts.

In all cases a student will be expected to:

  • Explore relevant and up to date research literature following guidance and recommendations in the subject guide
  • Explore literature relevant to the required skills for project management, research writing and research methods
  • Identify and explicitly formulate a relevant research question
  • Collect and analyse relevant data, according to a recognised conceptual framework, in order to address the identified research question
  • Complete and submit an evaluation form. This provides an account of the development of the main elements of students’ work, as well as a critical reflection on what students have achieved and what lessons have been learned
  • Submit a final project report of between 8000 and 10000 words on which their assessment will be principally based.

The project report and the evaluation form must be submitted both as hard-copy and online in an electronic format and may be screened by plagiarism detection software.

Learning outcomes

If you complete the course successfully, you should be able to:

  • Identify the broad outline of the field of information systems and identify a number of key research areas within the constraints of the unit
  • Select a study topic within the field of information systems and relate it to broader themes and debates within the field
  • Locate and review materials within the specific areas of interest, going beyond standard textbooks and including academic research literature
  • Design a research project, assess the resources and skills required to undertake it and prepare a plan
  • Select a research approach and a conceptual framework appropriate to the chosen topic, together with relevant research techniques
  • Undertake a project, select data sources, collect data and undertake an analysis
  • Write a research report in an appropriate style and which conveys the essential detail of work undertaken, the research findings and conclusions
  • Monitor and assess progress and modify plans as required.


This course is assessed by a project report and evaluation form.

Essential reading

  • Robson, C. and McCartan, K. (2016, 4th edition). Real World Research. John Wiley.
  • Bryman, A. & Bell, E. (2015, 4th edition) Business Research Methods, (Oxford: OUP)

Course information sheets

Download the course information sheets from the LSE website.