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Research Planning

Code: PRODEI036     Acronym: PI

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Multidisciplinary Themes

Instance: 2018/2019 - 2S Ícone do Moodle

Active? Yes
Web Page: https://paginas.fe.up.pt/~eol/PRODEI/pi_i.html
Responsible unit: Department of Informatics Engineering
Course/CS Responsible: Doctoral Program in Informatics Engineering

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
PRODEI 11 Syllabus 1 - 18 14 486

Teaching - Hours

Recitations: 1,00
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Recitations Totals 1 1,00
António Augusto de Sousa 0,50
Carlos Manuel Milheiro de Oliveira Pinto Soares 0,50

Teaching language



To enable PhD Students to discuss and select their own thesis subject. To help students to explain their decision and write the State of the Art Report on thye respective scientific subject as well as their Thesis temporal Plan.

Learning outcomes and competences

 In the end of this course, students should be able to:

- analyze and select specific research subjects;

- perform research work, focused in specific subjects;

- identify the main bibliography, as well as the relevant Researchers and respective groups;

- perform a critical synthesis of the above mentioned information in a State-of-the-art Report;

- identify and state an hypothesis, as well as the main questions of the research;

- clearly state the methods and methodologies, as well as to establish the research work plan leading to an innovative solution for the proposed subject/problem

Working method



1- General discussion on the possible Doctoral subjects for all the students 2- To support and promote good practices for writing individual Reports that include: - State of the Art (SOA) on the selected research area - Thesis Plan 3- Intermediate SOA report and oral presentation assessment 4 Individual final oral presentations and collective discussion on the submitted final Reports

Mandatory literature

Apontamentos de PI / Handouts for the course (Handouts available in the course webpage)
vários; Links to Bibliographic material (Link to the course specific website and get links to bibliographic material)

Teaching methods and learning activities

Individual students work; This work may (should) have the assistance of the expected supervisor(s); Individual presentations and collective discussion during several classes during the semester;

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation without final exam

Assessment Components

Designation Weight (%)
Prova oral 35,00
Trabalho escrito 65,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

Designation Time (hours)
Estudo autónomo 80,00
Frequência das aulas 14,00
Trabalho de campo 40,00
Trabalho de investigação 190,00
Total: 324,00

Eligibility for exams

positive evaluation of the final written report on thesis plan and  state of the art about the thesis scientific area.

Calculation formula of final grade

10% Intermediate Report (and presentation) 65% Final Report Evaluation 25% Final Presentation

Special assessment (TE, DA, ...)

The same applied to the regular students.


Although a supervisor's collaboration on Reports writing can be possible, it should be absolutely clear the PhD student's authorship as well as his/her own responsibility regarding the produced material.

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