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Code: EIC0041     Acronym: DISS

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Multidisciplinary Themes

Instance: 2016/2017 - 2S

Active? Yes
Web Page: https://paginas.fe.up.pt/~mieic/dissert/ano1617/sem2/
Responsible unit: Department of Informatics Engineering
Course/CS Responsible: Master in Informatics and Computing Engineering

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
MIEIC 108 Syllabus since 2009/2010 5 - 30 14 810

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
Luís Filipe Pinto de Almeida Teixeira

Teaching - Hours

Tutorial Supervision: 14,00
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Tutorial Supervision Totals 80 ########
Maria Joana Malaquias Pires Urbano 0,50
João Carlos Pascoal Faria 1,25
Carla Alexandra Teixeira Lopes 1,50
André Monteiro de Oliveira Restivo 0,25
Rosaldo José Fernandes Rossetti 2,25
Vera Lucia Miguéis Oliveira e Silva 0,50
João Pedro Carvalho Leal Mendes Moreira 2,50
José Luís Cabral de Moura Borges 0,50
Inês Coimbra Morgado 0,50
Nuno Honório Rodrigues Flores 1,50
Rui Pedro da Silva Nóbrega 0,25
Henrique Daniel de Avelar Lopes Cardoso 1,00
Jaime dos Santos Cardoso 0,50
António Fernando Vasconcelos Cunha Castro Coelho 1,00
Gil Manuel Magalhães de Andrade Gonçalves 0,25
Dirk Christian Elias 0,50
Ana Cristina Costa Aguiar 1,00
Hugo José Sereno Lopes Ferreira 1,00
Daniel Augusto Gama de Castro Silva 1,50
Rui Filipe Lima Maranhão de Abreu 1,50
Maria Teresa Magalhães da Silva Pinto de Andrade 0,50
Diamantino Rui da Silva Freitas 0,50
Carlos Manuel Milheiro de Oliveira Pinto Soares 0,50
Ana Paula Cunha da Rocha 0,25
Raul Fernando de Almeida Moreira Vidal 0,75
João Paulo de Castro Canas Ferreira 0,50
António Miguel Pontes Pimenta Monteiro 3,00
Rui Carlos Camacho de Sousa Ferreira da Silva 2,25
Rui Pedro Amaral Rodrigues 0,50
Sérgio Sobral Nunes 1,75
João Tiago Pinheiro Neto Jacob 0,75
Jorge Manuel Gomes Barbosa 0,50
Maria Teresa Galvão Dias 1,00
Ricardo Santos Morla 0,75
Ana Cristina Ramada Paiva 2,00
Aníbal João de Sousa Ferreira 0,50
Luís Filipe Pinto de Almeida Teixeira 1,75
Ademar Manuel Teixeira de Aguiar 2,75
Gabriel de Sousa Torcato David 1,50
João José da Cunha e Silva Pinto Ferreira 0,50
Maria Cristina de Carvalho Alves Ribeiro 0,50

Teaching language

Suitable for English-speaking students


1-BACKGROUND In accordance with the procedure defined in the specific rules of FEUP, Dissertation characterization is as follows: • Individual work of research and development, leading to the development of a scientific dissertation on a theme under the knowledge of the MIEIC programme towards integration and application to complex problem solving engineering knowledge, skills and attitudes acquired throughout the above graduation years. • Can be a work of research or technological development and implementation, involving experimental media and/or simulation, which promotes the development of capacities for decision-making, initiative, innovation, creative and critical thinking, in a context of individual or group work. • Must involve the analysis of new situations, the collection of relevant information, the development and selection or design of a methodology and approach of the proposed problem resolution tools, their resolution, the exercise of synthesis and preparation of conclusions, as well as the preparation of a relevant dissertation, subject to public presentation and discussion of results. • Can be accomplished in an academic or in an enterprise and academic environment. In this case the objectives, nature and monitoring form should be object of prior agreement between the student and the College's advisors and the company, validated by the course Director, guaranteeing the satisfaction of scientific objectives and pedagogical curriculum unit, and protecting any issues of confidentiality on the part of the host institution/company. 2-SPECIFIC GOALS • Promoting the development of capacities for decision-making, initiative, innovation, creative and critical thinking, in a context of individual work. • Individual work-research and development; • Write a scientific dissertation. 3-PRIOR KNOWLEDGE • Technological knowledge in the area of MIEIC, • Knowledge, skills and attitudes acquired throughout the above years in MIEIC. 4-PERCENTAGE DISTRIBUTION • Scientific Component: 40% to 60% • Technological Component to 40 60% 5-LEARNING OUTCOMES At the end of the curriculum unit, students must demonstrate ability to: • Analysis of new situations with collection of relevant information; • Development and selection, or definition of methodologies and instruments to solve the proposed problem; • Problem solving, with the consequent exercise of synthesis and preparation of conclusions; • Preparation of a relevant dissertation to be subject to a public presentation and discussion of results.

Learning outcomes and competences

Individual work on research and development, leading to the production of a
scientific dissertation on a subject in the area of knowledge of the course, or
to integrate and apply knowledge, skills and attitudes acquired during the
course to solving complex problems of engineering.
The work can be research type or technological development and
application, involving experimental media and/or simulation, and should
promote skills on building initiative, decision-making, innovation, creative
and critical thinking.

Working method



• Identification of a problem to be solved • Survey of State-of-the-art respective • Analysis of potential solutions • Development of a solution • Evaluation of the developed solution • Dissertation report writing

Mandatory literature

Martha Davis; Scientific Papers and Presentations. ISBN: 0-12-206370-8
Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy; On Being a Scientist: Responsible Conduct in Research file, National Academies Press, 2009. ISBN: 0-309-11971-5
R. S. WAZLAWICK; Metodologia de Pesquisa para Ciência da Computação, Elsevier, 2009. ISBN: 978-85-352-3522

Teaching methods and learning activities

Individual work of research and development, held either in academic or academic/enterprise environment. In this case the objectives, nature and monitoring form should be object of a prior agreement and of a permanent monitoring through meetings between the student, the supervisor from FEUP and the responsible for monitoring of the work in the company.

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation without final exam

Assessment Components

Designation Weight (%)
Defesa pública de dissertação, de relatório de projeto ou estágio, ou de tese 100,00
Total: 100,00

Eligibility for exams

Having a significant work finished, as well as the correspondent dissertation report.

Calculation formula of final grade

The assessment to be carried out by the jury, depends on the components Work, Report and Public Presentation in accordance with: CL = 50%.TD + 30%.R + 20%.AP Topics to be considered for the evaluation of each of the components TD – EVALUATION OF THE WORK DONE: • Student-autonomy • Difficulty of work proposed • Depth-of work performed • Relevance/impact, in the institutions, evaluating the results obtained • Working Method • Volume and quality of work produced • Student integration-working groups R – DISSERTATION: EVALUATION REPORT • Critical analysis of the State of the art and of work • Structure and logical development • Proper use of figures, algorithms and other illustrations • Summary, introduction and conclusion- • Document global Presentation- • Citations and references • Spelling and other aspects of grammar AP – ASSESSMENT OF PUBLIC PRESENTATION: • Work and results presentation- • Presentation content and organization • Professionalism and posture • Discussion • Level of safety and confidence in answers • Level of knowledge demonstrated

Examinations or Special Assignments

Not applicable

Special assessment (TE, DA, ...)

Identical to regular students.

Classification improvement

According to the UPorto rules, dissertation grade is not permitted to be improved ("Regulamento geral para avaliação dos discentes de primeiros ciclos, de ciclos de estudos integrados de mestrado e de segundos ciclos da U.Porto).

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