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Dissertation Thesis

Code: EEC0020     Acronym: DISS

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Electrical and Computer Engineering

Instance: 2014/2015 - 2S

Active? Yes
Web Page: http://paginas.fe.up.pt/~jms/Dis/index.htm
Responsible unit: Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Course/CS Responsible: Master in Electrical and Computers Engineering

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
MIEEC 136 Syllabus 5 - 30 40 810

Teaching - Hours

Tutorial Supervision: 2,80
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Tutorial Supervision Totals 35 98,00
João Paulo Tomé Saraiva 0,50
Maria Teresa Magalhães da Silva Pinto de Andrade 1,00
Abel Jorge Antunes da Costa 0,50
Carlos Coelho Leal Monteiro Moreira 1,50
Hélio Mendes de Sousa Mendonça 1,00
João Abel Peças Lopes 0,50
Armando Jorge Miranda de Sousa 2,50
João Paulo de Castro Canas Ferreira 0,50
Luís Filipe Pinto de Almeida Teixeira 1,00
António Pedro Rodrigues Aguiar 0,25
Ana Cristina Costa Aguiar 0,25
João Alberto Vieira Campos Pereira Claro 0,50
José Alberto Peixoto Machado da Silva 3,00
Américo Lopes de Azevedo 2,50
Jaime dos Santos Cardoso 0,50
Manuel Cândido Duarte dos Santos 3,00
Vítor Manuel Grade Tavares 1,50
Adriano da Silva Carvalho 3,00
Eurico Manuel Elias de Morais Carrapatoso 0,50
Carlos Manuel Milheiro de Oliveira Pinto Soares 2,50
Gil Manuel Magalhães de Andrade Gonçalves 0,50
Fernando Pires Maciel Barbosa 2,50
Pedro Luís Cerqueira Gomes da Costa 2,00
Tânia Cláudia dos Santos Pinto Calçada 1,00
Pedro Alexandre Guimarães Lobo Ferreira Souto 0,50
Rui Manuel Esteves Araújo 0,50
Henrique Manuel de Castro Faria Salgado 2,00
Carlos João Rodrigues Costa Ramos 0,50
José Rui da Rocha Pinto Ferreira 3,00
Sérgio Reis Cunha 1,00
Helder Filipe Duarte Leite 2,00
Paulo José Lopes Machado Portugal 2,00
Aníbal João de Sousa Ferreira 1,50
Mário Jorge Rodrigues de Sousa 1,50
João Carlos Pascoal Faria 0,50
António José de Pina Martins 1,00
José António Soeiro Ferreira 0,50
Maria Antónia da Silva Lopes e Carravilla 1,00
António Carlos Sepúlveda Machado e Moura 4,00
Paulo José Cerqueira Gomes da Costa 1,00
José Nuno Moura Marques Fidalgo 1,00
Maria do Rosário Marques Fernandes Teixeira de Pinho 0,50
Joaquim Gabriel Magalhães Mendes 0,50
Cláudio Domingos Martins Monteiro 7,50
José Nuno Teixeira de Almeida 0,50
Armando Luís Sousa Araújo 1,50
João Paulo Trigueiros da Silva Cunha 0,50
Manuel António Cerqueira da Costa Matos 2,00
Nuno Alexandre Lopes Moreira da Cruz 1,00
Diamantino Rui da Silva Freitas 1,00
Aníbal Castilho Coimbra de Matos 1,00
António Miguel Pontes Pimenta Monteiro 0,50
João Manuel Couto das Neves 0,50
José Carlos dos Santos Alves 1,00
Maria Paula Macedo Rocha Malonek 0,50
Ricardo Santos Morla 2,50
Rui Luis Nogueira Penha 1,00
José António Rodrigues Pereira de Faria 1,00
José Fernando da Costa Oliveira 1,00
Manuel Alberto Pereira Ricardo 3,00
Mais informaçõesLast updated on 2015-04-30.

Fields changed: Components of Evaluation and Contact Hours, Fórmula de cálculo da classificação final

Teaching language

Suitable for English-speaking students


The Dissertation curricular unit foresees the realization of a scientific and development individual work conducting to, either, the elaboration of a dissertation of scientific nature on a subject of the scientific nature of the programme, or aiming at the integration and application of knowledge, competences and aptitudes acquired in the programme to the resolution of engineering complex problems. It could be a research or technological development and application project, involving experimental and/or simulation means, which promotes the development of initiative, decision, innovation, creativity and critical thinking capabilities. It should involve the analysis of new situations, the gathering of pertinent information, the development and selection or conception of the approach methodologies, as well as, of the instruments adequate to solve the proposed problem, its resolution, the synthesis exercise and the elaboration of conclusions, concluding with the preparation of a pertinent dissertation subject to public presentation  and discussion of results.

Learning outcomes and competences

Sensitization to and acquisition of competences to perform a research or technological development and application project, involving experimental and/or simulation means, promoting the development of initiative, decision, innovation, creativity and critical thinking capabilities.


Working method


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

Conclusion of at least 246 ECTS credits of the curricular programme.


2nd Semester - February July. For the students who: - only need the Dissertation curricular unit to finish their Integrated Masters - only need to complete the Dissertation plus some course units to be concluded in a final course season exame to finish their Integrated Masters.

o Before the start of the semester: presentation and attribution of dissertation themes (detailing objectives and expected results).

o Until the end of the 1st month: - Presentation of a detailed work plan - Jury proposal

o During the development of the project: Presentation (via Web) of intermediate results and elements, to show if the project is being developed accordingly to the plan of work.

o Until the 29th of June 2015: - Delivery of a preliminary version of the dissertation thesis in a normalized format with all the suggestions of the supervisors.

o After the defense: - Delivery of the final version. Without it students will not earn a Master Degree’s certificate or diploma supplement. The final version and corrections (if any), to be identified in the defense, have to be verified by the supervisor, who will sign it the declaration of conformity. - Delivery of a short paper of the dissertation thesis (2 pages)

The defense sessions will take place, as much as possible, between the 13th and 24th of July 2015. The calendar will be published in www.fe.up.pt/~jms/Dis/.

Mandatory literature

James E. Mauch and Jack W. Birch; Guide to the successful thesis and dissertation. ISBN: 0-8247-8972-5
Rita S. Brause; Writing your doctoral dissertation. ISBN: 0-750-70744-5
Ana Carla Madeira, Maria Manuel Abreu; Comunicar em ciência. ISBN: 972-592-165-8
J. Eduardo Carvalho; Prática do controle de projectos

Teaching methods and learning activities

The dissertation thesis can be carried out either in an academic or in an academic-enterprise environment. The objectives, the nature of the project and way of supervision have to be previously set among students, the supervisor in FEUP and the supervisor in the company (See model contract) and validated by the course director. This process has to be accomplished in order to assure that the scientific and educational objectives are reached and to protect possible confidentiality issues of the company.


Technological sciences > Engineering

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation with final exam

Assessment Components

Designation Weight (%)
Defesa pública de dissertação, de relatório de projeto ou estágio, ou de tese 20,00
Participação presencial 0,00
Trabalho escrito 40,00
Trabalho laboratorial 40,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

Designation Time (hours)
Elaboração de relatório/dissertação/tese 180,00
Estudo autónomo 100,00
Frequência das aulas 28,00
Trabalho de investigação 520,00
Total: 828,00

Eligibility for exams

According to the FEUP’s regulations regarding Integrated Masters, students have to exclusively work on their dissertation theses, unless otherwise agreed. Project supervision - Web page: Students have to create and maintain, since the very beginning of the curricular unit, a web page reporting all the developments of his activity, so that the elements of the jury can follow the evolution and development of the project. - Progress report(s) Up until the end of the fourth week, students have to present a concise description of the objectives and stages of their project. Supervisor(s) will announce periodically and at the end of each stage, information in the same page about the evolution of the project. - Final report has to be delivered up until two weeks before the end of the occurrence Students have to deliver an electronic version of their project up until two weeks before the end of the occurrence. After approval, the final version will be printed out, signed by the student and the jury and then archived in SDI.

Calculation formula of final grade

Final assessment by the jury
Public defence of the dissertation. The defence of the dissertations by the candidates will be organized in sessions, which may be accompanied by the presentation of posters or other ways of multimedia presentation. Whenever possible, projects on similar themes will be presented in the same session.
- Discussion of the project, presentation and written report. The public presentation should last about 45 minutes, including oral presentation by the candidates and discussion. - Assessment by the jury: At the end of each session, the jury will assess each student. Assessment components: Assessment of the work carried-out (40%) – should take into consideration:  Students’ autonomy;  Level of detail of the project; Results obtained; Methods; Quantity and quality of the project and documentation produced; Assiduity and punctuality. Assessment of the report (30%) - should take into consideration:  Interpretation and scope of the theme and/or company project; Critical analysis of the state of art and work that had been developed; Structure and logical development of the project; Adequate use of figures, algorithms and other illustrations; Summary, introduction and conclusion; Global presentation of the document; Presentation of information and references; Spelling and other grammatical aspects. - Assessment of the public presentation (20%): Presentation of the project and results; Organisation and contents of the presentation; Professionalism and attitude; Discussion; Level of assurance and confidence when answering to questions; Level of knowledge demonstrated. - Assessment of the webpage (10%): Completeness and quality of the content. Further information is available in Regulamento dos Mestrados Integrados da Universidade do Porto.

Examinations or Special Assignments

Not applicable

Special assessment (TE, DA, ...)

No other public defences are foreseen besides the public presentation of the project in July. Exceptionally, the final degree special season could be used also for this purpose.

Classification improvement

Not applicable


According to the regulations, dissertation theses submitted to defense have to be delivered on an electronic format (PDF), at the DEEC secretariat, until the 29th of June 2015.

Following the public defense, after the introduction of corrections and possible modifications suggested by the jury and being duly validated by the president of the jury, the final version of the dissertation has to be delivered at the academic services until the 31st of July 2015, on a digital format (PDF), including the approval form signed by the jury, together with the forms grating property rigths to FEUP and the demand for temporary secrecy (available in students information space at: Students - Dissertations and Theses - Forms).

Students will have also to deliver a short paper (2 pages) of their projects, according to the model available on ‘Contents’.

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