Because of the richness, broad application and continual evolution of the IS field, each thesis can have a unique structure approved by the student’s Thesis Committee.
Generally, a thesis must comprise: Possible technologies to research include information mining, analytics and big data systems; business intelligence; decision support; enterprise systems; web systems; online communities and social networks; apps; gaming; wearable computing; immersive or augmented online environment; the “Internet of Things”; and devices that interact with people.
Many domains are possible such as business, medical and health care, and educational systems.
Possible types of thesis studies include: The thesis program is designed to fit within a student’s regular degree program and standard time to completion, using elective courses and taking advantage of research opportunities outside of formal classes.
If the thesis student is working on funded research, any funded work will be in addition to the requirements for the independent study and research thesis courses (IS 488 and IS 489 or equivalent).
Students may not be paid for the work done in these courses, though research funding can cover course tuition.Honors students applying for the IS Undergraduate Thesis program must also adhere to the Honors requirements and timeline outlined in Appendix A.Students applying for the IS Undergraduate Thesis Programs as follows: * Honors students must also gain approval from the Honors College.A thesis will substantially prepare students, strengthen their education, and give them a distinct advantage for a graduate degree and successful career.Students may be IS majors or have a keen interest in researching an IS related topic.IS 488 or an equivalent independent study course may be waived in exceptional circumstances where the Thesis Advisor or Program Director ascertains equivalent progress has been made in other ways.We also recommend that all thesis students take ENG 352H and any research methods courses recommended by your Thesis Advisor.Students are required to take IS 488 and IS 489, or two equivalent independent study and research thesis courses in other majors.Honors students should take the honors version of these courses.Thesis students should choose a set of appropriate core and elective courses in consultation with their Thesis Advisor and academic advisors to develop domain knowledge, analysis skills, research methodology skills, design and development skills, and/or possibly experience in research-oriented writing or entrepreneurial skills.Generally students will need the background knowledge of one of the Information Systems majors or minors, or a closely related program.