INFO-B 691 Thesis/Project in Health Informatics
The student prepares and presents a thesis or project in the area of health informatics. The product is substantial, typically multi-chapter paper or carefully designed and evaluated application, based on well-planned research or scholarly project. Details are worked out between the student and sponsoring faculty member.
Thesis or Project
- Prospectus submitted for approval to Committee and to Graduate School.
- Design and conduct experimental, historical, qualitative, descriptive, or descriptive research.
- Independently created and completed effort, including data collection, analysis, and synthesis.
- Produce written paper that includes review of literature, description of and data analysis, subjects and setting, and discussion. Demonstrates critical and/or creative thinking.
- Prospectus submitted for approval to Committee.
- Execute the proposed activity.
- Creative process with faculty critique.
- Recital, performance, exhibition portfolio, or other project; written or electronically recorded documentation. Demonstrates critical and/or creative thinking.
If your goal is to earn a Ph.D. and enter academia, completing a master’s thesis is likely to better prepare you for doctoral research and dissertation, in terms of research design; qualitative and or quantitative methods; and understanding the related academic literature in your field.
However, if you plan to go into industry, you may be better served by doing a master’s project in collaboration with an industry partner. You’ll be able to apply your project work directly in practice, and it will improve your skills in achieving outcomes that will prove valuable to your career.
What to expect
By the end of the first year, the student will select a master’s project/thesis Committee chair who is a member of the graduate faculty and has an appointment in the School of Informatics and Computing (SoIC). This individual will assume responsibility for advising the student about course selection, graduation requirements, and master’s project procedures.
Project/thesis possibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Developing a project that fits into a larger framework
- Systematic review
- Piece of an ongoing research project
- Substantial background literature review
If a master’s project or thesis is related in any way to your professional work, you must describe for your advisor how that topic and your job are distinct. You must be able to explain how the work you’re doing as a part of your master’s project or thesis goes above and beyond what you ordinarily do for your job.
General Guidelines to Follow
- Students must have a brief project or thesis plan before meeting with an advisor. Need help coming up with ideas? Plan to attend the project workshop held weekly by department (schedule is to be added).
- Students can start working on their project or thesis after the first year, but can only earn credit for it after completing the required course work (27-33 hours).
- Fill out the Pre-Assessment Form, and get the form signed and approved by the master’s project/thesis Committee chair before registering for INFO-B 691.
- Enroll for either the INFO B691 Project or INFO B691 Thesis class under the committee chair to proceed with the work.
Note: Approval from the IUPUI Institutional Review Board (IRB) is required if you plan to conduct a study using human subjects or clinical data in any way. Many informatics projects will be exempt from full IRB review. However, the IRB must grant the exemption. Research with human subjects that is not approved by the IRB constitutes scientific misconduct and is subject to disciplinary action. The student is responsible for obtaining IRB approval. This process should be started as soon as possible during the first step of master’s work. Direction on how to get approval or exemption by IRB can be found at Kuali Coeus (KC) at One.IU.
- Meet the Primary Project Advisor and discuss the topic of interest for Project.
- Selection of the Project committee consisting of Project committee chair, one faculty advisor.
- Discuss the topic of interest with the Project committee. Develop the scope, duration and the resource requirement of the project.
- Submit the approved Project pre-assessment form.
- Follow the guidelines for project below.
- Project presentation to the project committee, other faculty members and peers.
- Incorporate changes required as suggested by the Project Committee members and other faculty members.
- Submit the final version and await for comments and grades from the Project Committee.
Guidelines for the MS Project
- You will work during the second step with your master’s project Committee. It is important that you meet with your master’s committee on a regular basis, such as once every week or two (not less than once a month).
- During this period, you must prepare your final write-up. While there’s no strict restriction on length, it’s typically around 40-50 pages, and must be complete and formatted in APA style. (Sample is provided on SOIC website).
- Once the project has been completed and written up, it will be submitted to the Master’s Committee for approval, at least two weeks before the end of the semester. If the final project is not completed and submitted by this time, the student will automatically receive an “F” and will have to retake the course.
- You must present your project before a faculty and peer group on the last Friday of the semester (date and time will be decided by week 4 of the semester). You will have 15 minutes to present your work and 5 minutes for Q&A.
- You will make any corrections requested by the Master’s project committee during the presentation. Follow project guidelines for document formatting requirements.
- The final submissions of the Master’s Project include:
- Revised technical report (box link)
- Presentation (can be in the form of a PPT or other types of media)
- Meet the Primary Thesis Advisor and discuss the topic of interest for Thesis.
- Selection of the Thesis committee consisting of Thesis committee chair, one faculty advisor and an external/internal thesis advisor.
- Discuss the topic of interest with the thesis committee. Develop the research question, research design and the intended outcomes of the thesis.
- Submit the approved Thesis preassessment form.
- Follow the guidelines for thesis below.
- Thesis defense to the thesis committee, other faculty members and peers.
- Incorporate changes required as suggested by the Thesis Committee and other faculty members.
- Submit the final thesis write-up and wait for comments and grades from the Thesis committee.
Guidelines for the master’s thesis
- You will work on the main Thesis once you’ve submitted the pre-assessment form to the Academic Advisor.
- You’ll meet with your Thesis committee chair and members to update and to evaluate the progress of the work. This will help in understanding the roadblocks of the work in progress and prepares you for the planning a way around or redoing work if required. “Prevention is better than cure!”
- While working on the thesis, you’ll develop the formal thesis write-up and review it with the Thesis committee. The final write-up is often around 80-100 pages (with multiple chapters).
- You’ll submit the final write-up along with the thesis defense before the semester ends. Changes to the write-up will be included before the submission as per the Thesis committee suggestions.
- The final submissions of the Master’s Thesis include:
- Revised Thesis (box link)
- Presentation (can be in the form of a PPT or other types of media)
Outline of a well written Thesis/Project includes:
- Abstract: A summary of the objectives and accomplishments. Typically 1 page.
- Objectives: Describe the problem you set out to solve and the solutions you have achieved
- Introduction: Describe the main concept of the thesis/project. Establish the context. Discuss why this problem is important. Briefly describe the problem and development process you will follow.
- Background and Literature Review: Provide a survey and a critical review of related prior work.
- Analysis and Requirements: Describe the problem, enhanced with theoretical model to support your research /project design. Describe the research questions (quantitative) and or the phenomena of interest (qualitative).
- Design: Describe the research design, including the sample size the research context. If applicable, describe software reuse, design patterns, special coding techniques, etc. Describe your rationale for the design decisions with supporting data collected from prior studies. Describe the specific tools and techniques used in subchapters if applicable.
- Results: Describe the results from your research/Project. Describe unexpected finding, outliers, if any. Validation of results: Describe the validation approach. Describe sample test plans and test results.
- Discussion: Describe how your research/project solved, addressed or explained some the issues defined in the background and literature review
The individual sections of the project and thesis differ accordingly and samples of can be accessed via the following links: