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Introduction to Scientific Research

Code: CC3011     Acronym: CC3011     Level: 300

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Computer Science

Instance: 2016/2017 - 2S Ícone do Moodle

Active? Yes
Web Page: http://www.dcc.fc.up.pt/~fds/aulas/IIC/1617/
Responsible unit: Department of Computer Science
Course/CS Responsible: First Degree in Computer Science

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
L:CC 4 Plano de estudos a partir de 2014 3 - 12 28 324
MI:ERS 9 Plano Oficial desde ano letivo 2014 3 - 12 28 324

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
Fernando Manuel Augusto da Silva

Teaching - Hours

Tutorial Supervision: 0,00
Other: 0,50
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Other Totals 1 0,50
Fernando Manuel Augusto da Silva 0,50

Teaching language

Suitable for English-speaking students


Provide a first contact with research to students by engaging them in a non trivial task normaly associated with research topics within projects lead by our faculty.

Learning outcomes and competences

To develop competences in research, scientifc writing, and communication skills.

Working method



The syllabus proposed consists on the description of a task whose difficulty is appropriate to the preparation level of the students, and that normally requires search and reading of new bibliography. The proposal is validated by the coordinator of this course.

The work developed is to be presented as a short paper, about 6 pages in size, and also to be presented publicly.

Mandatory literature

Angelika Hofmann; Scientific Writing and Communication, OUP USA; 2 edition, 2014. ISBN: 0199947562

Teaching methods and learning activities

The students will meet their advisers regularly during the semester to discuss their progress and to obtain further guidance. Their activities will include paper reading, learning new concepts, possibly writing some code, write a report and write a presentation.

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation without final exam

Assessment Components

designation Weight (%)
Prova oral 30,00
Trabalho escrito 70,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

designation Time (hours)
Trabalho de investigação 324,00
Total: 324,00

Calculation formula of final grade

Student assement takes into account the written report and the oral presentation. The final mark is obtained by combining the appreciation of the advisor and the coordinator of this course, with the following weights:

Adviser's appreciation : 60%
Course coordinator appreciation: 40%
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