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Research Methodology and Practicum

Code: MD144     Acronym: MIP

Classification Keyword

Instance: 2017/2018 - 2S

Active? Yes
Course/CS Responsible: Law

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
MD 9 Plano Oficial MD do ano letivo 2016 1 - 15 -

Teaching - Hours

Theoretical and practical : 0,00
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Theoretical and practical Totals 1 0,00
André Filipe Lamas Leite 1,00
António Manuel Tavares de Almeida Costa 1,00
Sandra Maria Oliveira e Silva 1,00

Teaching language



To prepare the students for the investigation and writing of a monographic study, in the context of the legal-criminal sciences. Students are expected to acquire skills in bibliographical research, treatment and reference of sources, delimitation and identification of an object of study, critical analysis and scientific writing skills.

Learning outcomes and competences

Obtaining skills for the development of scientific research and presentation of a structured and original research work in the legal-criminal area.

Working method



I. Research methods: choice of the research topic, object delimitation, research and selection of sources, scientific writing techniques.
II. Legal workshop: standardized methods of citing and drawing up a general bibliographic list, techniques for correcting "proofs".
III. Elaboration of a research work: tutorial teaching sessions and critical discussion.

Mandatory literature

Dias, Jorge de Figueiredo ; Direito penal: parte geral, Coimbra editora, 2007
Dias, Jorge de figueiredo; Direito penal português: parte geral, Aequitas, 1993
Roxin, Claus; Derecho procesal penal, Editores del Puerto, 2003
Roxin, Claus; Derecho penal: parte general, Civitas, 2001
Costa, António Manuel de Almeida; Ilícito pessoal, imputação objectiva e comparticipação em direito penal , Almedina, 2014
Leite, André Lamas; As penas de substituição em perspectiva político-criminal e dogmática : contributo para uma análise sistemática , 2015
Silva, Sandra Oliveira e; O arguido como meio de prova contra si mesmo: considerações em torno do princípio nemo tenetur se ipsum accusare , Almedina, 2018

Comments from the literature

The bibliography will be indicated according to the concrete subject chosen by the masters for their research work.

Teaching methods and learning activities

The first sessions are intended to enlighten students about scientific research techniques and legal workshop.
The remaining sessions will be tutored in order to follow up the research work of the masters students and clarify the doubts placed.

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation without final exam

Assessment Components

Designation Weight (%)
Apresentação/discussão de um trabalho científico 25,00
Trabalho escrito 75,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

Designation Time (hours)
Apresentação/discussão de um trabalho científico 100,00
Frequência das aulas 36,00
Trabalho de investigação 264,00
Total: 400,00

Eligibility for exams

Oral presentation and discussion of research project proposal. Approval on a written research paper.

Calculation formula of final grade

The final grade corresponds to the weighted average of the classifications attributed to the oral presentation (25%) and to the written work (75%).
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