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Research and Project Methodologies (II)

Code: DGPEMIII     Acronym: DGPEMIII

Classification Keyword
CNAEF Design

Instance: 2022/2023 - 2S Ícone do Moodle Ícone  do Teams

Active? Yes
Responsible unit: Design
Course/CS Responsible: Master in Graphic Design and Editorial Projects

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
MDGPE 25 Plano de Estudos do MDGPE_Publicação em DR de 27 de agosto de 2020 2 - 6 45 162

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
António Modesto da Conceição Nunes

Teaching - Hours

Theoretical classes: 3,00
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Theoretical classes Totals 1 3,00
Cristina Maria da Silva Pinto Ferreira Fonseca 2,00
Pedro Manuel Reis Amado 1,00

Teaching language

Obs.: Suitable for English-speaking students


Assist students in completing, in quality and on time, the dissertation / report;
Critically monitor the development of work / study, regardless of the supervision of supervisors;
Assist in solving the methodological problems inherent in the process of each student, in the dimensions of study, writing and project practice;
Provide information and content related to the entire second year process: documents to be delivered, public proof and their evaluation.

Learning outcomes and competences

At the end of the semester, students will have developed a set of skills that will allow them to produce a written document and the respective practical component (when it exists), as well as face the public master's test with more confidence, armed with methodological and theoretical arguments related to their thematic or in the general domain of the course - graphic and editorial design.
In this sense, students, in addition to having participated in oral presentations on the contents taught and participating in clarification discussions, had to write a text / presentation of the study / project and made a final presentation (with half the time of the public test) .

Working method



1. Research and study in design and the specifics of each type of study / project: dissertation, project and internship.
2. Methodology and characteristics of the three master's degrees: what they aim for and what is expected of each;
3. Practical work, theoretical study and the document to be delivered;
4. Review of the document's characteristics: abstract, keywords, indexes, introduction, chapters, conclusions;
5. The writing and writing styles of dissertations and reports;
6. Bibiography, citations and normative process;
7. The visual and verbal presentation of the public master's test and its defense;
8. Criteria for the evaluation of the dissertation / report and final exam.

Mandatory literature

Gjoko Muratovski ; Research for Designers: A Guide to Methods and Practice, SAGE Publications Ltd, 2022. ISBN: 978-1529708158
Bruce Hanington; Universal methods of design. ISBN: 978-1-63159-748-0
Clara Coutinho; Metodologia de Investigação em Ciências Sociais e Humanas - Teoria e Prática, Almedina , 2018. ISBN: 9789724051376

Complementary Bibliography

Ana Maria Ramalho Correia, Anabela Mesquita ; Mestrados e Doutoramentos, Grupo Editorial Vida Económica, 2014. ISBN: 9789897680502
Jenn Visocky O'Grady, Ken Visocky O'Grady; A Designer's Research Manual, Rockport Publishers, 2017. ISBN: 978-1631592621
APA; Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th Revise), Washington: American Psychological Association, 2010
Turabian Kate L.; A Manual for writers of research papers, theses, and dissertations. ISBN: 978-0-226-81638-8

Teaching methods and learning activities

The teaching methods used throughout the semester are: expository, interrogative, demonstrative and active.
Content exposure classes; discussion of the nature and suitability of each method; presentation of examples, with guests and through successful projects and studies; practice of writing and visual and verbal presentation.

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation without final exam

Assessment Components

Designation Weight (%)
Participação presencial 20,00
Apresentação/discussão de um trabalho científico 30,00
Trabalho escrito 30,00
Trabalho de campo 20,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

Designation Time (hours)
Apresentação/discussão de um trabalho científico 3,00
Estudo autónomo 80,00
Frequência das aulas 45,00
Trabalho escrito 34,00
Total: 162,00

Eligibility for exams

The achievement of the frequency will be obtained through a grade equal to or greater than 10 according to the weighting of the evaluation components of the formula for calculating the final grade

Calculation formula of final grade

Class attendance (FA) 20%
Class Assignments (RE) 20%
Final Assignment (TF) 60%
   - TF = Written component (CE) 30% + Presentation component (CA) 30%
      - CA = Visual presentation subcomponent (SCV) 15% and oral communication subcomponent (SCO) 15%

Final Grade (NF) = 20% FA + 20% RE + 60% TF (30% CE + 30% CA (15% SCV + 15% SCO) )

Classification improvement

The improvement is made only by attending the CU
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