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Science Option - Research Work

Code: DCEC610     Acronym: DE610

Instance: 2017/2018 - 1S

Active? Yes
Responsible unit: Science Education Unit
Course/CS Responsible: Doctor's Degree in Teaching and Dissemination of Science

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
PDEDC 13 PE PD em Ensino e Divulgação das Ciências 1 - 6 - 162

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
Paulo Simeão de Oliveira Ferreira de Carvalho

Teaching language

Suitable for English-speaking students


Developing a research project in the PhD area, to be written as a scientific paper.

Learning outcomes and competences

Collect, analyze and interpret the results of a scientific investigation.
Publication of a scientific paper.

Working method


Pre-requirements (prior knowledge) and co-requirements (common knowledge)

Minimum scientific knowledge at the undergraduate level in a specific area of the doctoral program.


The syllabus should be coherent with the student’s chosen theme and accepted by the tutor.

Mandatory literature

Bucchi Massimiano, 1970- 340; Routledge handbook of public communication of science and technology. ISBN: 9780415834612

Teaching methods and learning activities

Analysis of scientific papers and other relevant reading; also, if necessary, data gathering and analysis. Students are encouraged to present their papers in specialized publications and/or conferences. T

The evaluation of the student’s work is carried out by a jury, consisting of the tutor, eventually a co­tutor and another FCUP teacher or researcher, previously appointed by the PhD’s Scientific Commission, in the occasion of the Work Plan approval.

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation without final exam

Assessment Components

designation Weight (%)
Trabalho escrito 100,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

designation Time (hours)
Elaboração de projeto 50,00
Estudo autónomo 70,00
Frequência das aulas 42,00
Total: 162,00

Eligibility for exams

The student will have to present a work in the form of a scientific paper and be rated not less than 10 marks by the jury of the course.

Calculation formula of final grade


NF = final classification

NE = classification of the paper, submitted for assessment

Examinations or Special Assignments

Not applicable

Classification improvement

The improvement of the assessment implies the repetition of the course.


Bibliografia principal:

Bauer, M. (2000) “Science in the Media’ as a Cultural Indicator: Contextualizing Surveys with Media Analysis’ in Dierkes, M. & von Grote, C. (eds.) (2000) Between Understanding and Trust. The Public, Science and Technology, Amsterdam: Harwood, pp. 158­78.
Bucchi, M & Trench, B (eds) (2008) Handbook of Public Communication of Science and Technology, London & New York: Routledge.
Bucchi, M. (1998) Science and the Media: Alternative Routes in Scientific Communication, London: Routledge.
European Commission (2004) ‘Guide to Successful Communications’, http://europa.eu.int/comm/research/science­society/science­communication/index_en.htm.
Friedman, S., Dunwoody, S. & Rogers, C. (eds.) (1986) Scientists and Journalists: Reporting Science as News, New York: Free Press.

This bibliography may be supplemented by another one provided by the supervisor.
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