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Research and Project Methodologies (I)

Code: DIMIII     Acronym: DIMIII

Classification Keyword

Instance: 2015/2016 - 2S

Active? Yes
Web Page: https://sites.google.com/site/mpimdi1516/
Responsible unit: Design
Course/CS Responsible: Master in Image Design

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
MDI 19 Plano Oficial 2011 1 - 6 45 162

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
Heitor Manuel Pereira Pinto da Cunha e Alvelos

Teaching - Hours

Laboratory Practice: 3,00
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Laboratory Practice Totals 1 3,00
Heitor Manuel Pereira Pinto da Cunha e Alvelos 3,00

Teaching language

Suitable for English-speaking students


Providing students with strujcturing knowledge associated with research practice.

Providing students with structuring skills associated with research practice.

Focus on applied research that will revert towards projects to be developed, as well as research models that may be adopted by others in the future.

Adopting hybrid methodological approaches, as effective ways of providing answers to the complexity of the universe of research.

Creating a forum on emerging paradigms of research in design, visual culture and image.

Acquisition of competences in formatting and structuring research documents.

Learning outcomes and competences

Lab and ethnographic research skills.

Scientific communication skills.

Knowledge of terminology and parameters of scientific dissemination.

Working method



This unit is defined as a forum of reflection and rehearsal of emerging paradigms on the areas of design, visual culture and the image. It is acknowledged that many of these paradigms are currently under revelation and have not yet gathered a consensus within an international community, thus providing an expanded field of possibilities of reflection and action. The unit will therefore identify, test and adopt research methods that revert towards student projects, as well as projects that may be adopted in the future.

The identification of methodological paradigms associated with design research cannot occur without a broad knowledge of the various methodologies associated with the various scientific areas. The unit will therefore open up the possibility of constructing hybrid methodological approaches, as effective ways of addressing the complexity of the universes under study.

The unit proposes the grounding of project-based activity on a wealth of consensual structures of debate and communication. It will, however, claim its autonomous space through the development of a culture of ideas, an expanded field of conceptual possibilities.

The unit will also incorporate the scope of opractical information regarding the formal aspects in the production of research documents.

Mandatory literature

bibliografia; inserida no site da disciplina

Teaching methods and learning activities

Classes will take place through the application of three distinct (yet articulated) scientific and pedagogical approaches:

1 - Analysis and articulation of methodological paradigms from distinct areas of knowledge.

2 - Definition of methodologies that may be specific to arts and design, as well as their reversion to specific projects.

3 - Production of common documentation, witness to the work developed, and a scientific and pedagocgical contribution to research in art/design/visual communication.

The sharing of knowledge will be non-hierarchical. The volume of relevant information dictates that students engage in the sharing of mutual information, as well as continuous and reciprocal filtering. The teachers will be, first and foremost, moderators and facilitators of an individual learning path, simultaneously anchored in own research and shared experience.

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation without final exam

Assessment Components

Designation Weight (%)
Participação presencial 10,00
Trabalho de campo 40,00
Trabalho escrito 50,00
Total: 100,00

Calculation formula of final grade

(10 x X) + (40 x Y) + (50 x Z) / 100
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