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Personal and Interpersonal Proficiency

Code: EIC0031     Acronym: PPIN

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Social and Professional Aspects

Instance: 2014/2015 - 2S Ícone do Moodle

Active? Yes
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 134 Syllabus since 2009/2010 3 - 5 56 135

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
Manuel Firmino da Silva Torres

Teaching - Hours

Lectures: 2,00
Recitations: 2,00
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Lectures Totals 1 2,00
Manuel Firmino da Silva Torres 2,00
Recitations Totals 6 12,00
Manuel Firmino da Silva Torres 4,00
Fernanda Maria dos Santos Teixeira Torres 8,00

Teaching language



OBJECTIVES: • Identify and acquire the basic knowledges to know how to progressively maximize the successful conditions of the personal and interpersonal performance. • Apply self-control techniques and strategies of interpersonal relationships that allow managing with high mastery the efficiency of work processes implementation and the effectiveness of the outcomes to achieve in each organization. • Be aware of the importance of knowing how to use soft skills and to perform growing changes in order to develop a professional profile that contributes to improve the future performance of the computer engineer.

Learning outcomes and competences

LEARNING OUTCOMES: At the end of this course students should be able to successfully use their personal and interpersonal skills both in informal situations and in academic/professional contexts.

SKILLS (CDIO): 2- Personal and professional skills 2.2-Experimentation and knowledge discovery 2.4-Personal skills and attitudes 2.5-Professional skills and attitudes 3-Interpersonal attitudes 3.1-Group work 3.2-Communication 4-Conceiving, designing, implementing and operating systems in the enterprise and societal context 4.1-External and social contexts 4.2-Enterprise and business contexts


Working method



1. Quality Costumer Service(Internal/External) 2. Interaction and Communication Attitudes 3. Rules of Professional Communication 4. Signs of Non Verbal Language 5. Meetings Preparation and Guidance 6. Assertiveness in Interpersonal Relationships 7. Individuals and Group Management in Organizations 8. Team Work Development 9. Micromarketing and Professional Effectiveness 10. Time management and Work Organization 11. Personal Responsibility Development 12. Maximization of Creative Capacity

Mandatory literature

Manuel Firmino Torres; Textos de Apoio

Complementary Bibliography

Cragan, J., Wright, D., & Kasch, C.; Communication in Small Groups: Theory, Process, and Skills, MA: Wadsworth Publishing, 2008
Goldberg, H.; The Entrepreneurial Engineer: Personal, Interpersonal, and Organizational Skills for Engineers in an Age of Opportunity, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons., 2006
Neves, J. G., Garrido, M. Simões, E.; Manual de Competências – Pessoais, Interpessoais e Instrumentais (Teoria e Prática)., Edições Sílabo, (2ª edição)., 2008
Van Emden, J., Becker, L.; Presentation Skills for Students, Edition 2, Publisher Palgrave Macmillan., 2010

Comments from the literature

List of supplementary bibliography for all contents of the program provided by the regent and accessible through the SIGARRA.

Teaching methods and learning activities

Theoretical classes: Expository and interrogative methods with suport of audiovisual auxiliaries such as whiteboard, overhead projector and/or computer with video projector. Theoretical-Practical classes: Demonstrative and active methods with suport of equipments such as computer and video projector; practical activities, case analysis and training exercises to improve the skills related to the different application levels referred in the program contents.


Social sciences > Psychological sciences > Behavioural sciences
Social sciences > Psychological sciences > Psychology > Social psychology

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation without final exam

Assessment Components

Designation Weight (%)
Participação presencial 10,00
Teste 50,00
Trabalho escrito 40,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

Designation Time (hours)
Elaboração de projeto 19,00
Elaboração de relatório/dissertação/tese 20,00
Estudo autónomo 40,00
Frequência das aulas 56,00
Total: 135,00

Eligibility for exams

Attendance to 75% of classes and compulsory attendance to the assessment components.

Calculation formula of final grade

FC= 50%TC + 50%TPC FC: Final Classification. Note: final approval requires a minimum score of 50% in theoretical (TC) and 50% in theoretical-practical (TPC); the sum of these two classifications have to be at least 9,5 on a scale of 0 to 20. TC: Theoretical Classification (MT) MT=1st MT (50%) + 2nd MT (505) TPC: Theoretical-Practical Classification (IProj + OP + Iperf) IProj=Report (30%) + Powerpoint (20%) OP=Presentation (20%) + Discussion (10%) IPerf=Participation (20%)

Examinations or Special Assignments

Assessment Components: MT- 2 mini-tests about theoretical classes (individual assignment) IProj- Development of a "Inovation Project" (group assignment) OP- Oral Presentation of the "Inovation Project" (individual and group assignment) IPerf- Individual Performance during classes

Special assessment (TE, DA, ...)

The same as for ordinary students. While working students are dispense from classes, there is an obligation to be present at the evaluation moments and to carry out the work described in the assesment components.

Classification improvement

Students can improve their marks in the next year.


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