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Code: EIC0041     Acronym: DISS

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Multidisciplinary Themes

Instance: 2014/2015 - 2S

Active? Yes
Web Page: https://paginas.fe.up.pt/~mieic/dissert/ano1415/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 74 Syllabus since 2009/2010 5 - 30 28 810

Teaching - Hours

Lectures: 1,00
Tutorial Supervision: 0,50
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Lectures Totals 1 1,00
Luís Filipe Pinto de Almeida Teixeira 1,00
Tutorial Supervision Totals 80 40,00
Ana Paula Cunha da Rocha 0,75
Daniel Augusto Gama de Castro Silva 1,00
João Carlos Pascoal Faria 0,50
João Pedro Carvalho Leal Mendes Moreira 1,00
José Luís Cabral de Moura Borges 0,50
Manuel Alberto Pereira Ricardo 0,50
Luís Filipe Pinto de Almeida Teixeira 0,50
Rui Filipe Lima Maranhão de Abreu 2,00
Ademar Manuel Teixeira de Aguiar 2,00
Dirk Christian Elias 0,50
João António Correia Lopes 1,50
Rui Pedro Amaral Rodrigues 0,50
Ana Cristina Ramada Paiva 1,50
António Miguel Pontes Pimenta Monteiro 2,50
Carlos Manuel Milheiro de Oliveira Pinto Soares 1,25
Sérgio Sobral Nunes 0,50
Maria Teresa Magalhães da Silva Pinto de Andrade 1,00
João Tiago Pinheiro Neto Jacob 0,25
Jorge Alves da Silva 0,25
Jorge Manuel Gomes Barbosa 0,25
Maria Teresa Galvão Dias 1,25
Vera Lucia Miguéis Oliveira e Silva 1,00
Rui Carlos Camacho de Sousa Ferreira da Silva 1,50
Daniel Cardoso de Moura 0,25
António Fernando Vasconcelos Cunha Castro Coelho 1,25
Rosaldo José Fernandes Rossetti 2,00
Eugénio da Costa Oliveira 0,50
Hélder Filipe Pinto de Oliveira 0,25
Hugo José Sereno Lopes Ferreira 0,25
Sérgio Reis Cunha 0,50
Rui Alexandre Salgado Carreira 0,50
Rui Luis Nogueira Penha 0,25

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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