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Project FEUP

Code: FEUP002     Acronym: PF

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Personal and Communicational Development
OFICIAL Social Science
OFICIAL Personal and Interpersonal Skills
OFICIAL Engineering Sciences
OFICIAL Technological Sciences
OFICIAL Civil Engineering

Instance: 2014/2015 - 1S Ícone do Moodle

Active? Yes
Web Page: http://www.fe.up.pt/projfeup
Institution Responsible: Faculty of Engineering

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
LCEEMG 17 Plano de estudos oficial a partir de 2008/09 1 - 1,5 14 40,5
MIEA 36 Syllabus since 2006/07 1 - 1,5 14 40,5
MIEC 127 Syllabus since 2006/2007 1 - 1,5 14 40,5
MIEEC 206 Syllabus 1 - 1,5 14 40,5
MIEIC 123 Syllabus since 2009/2010 1 - 1,5 14 40,5
MIEIG 77 Syllabus since 2006/2007 1 - 1,5 14 40,5
MIEM 151 Syllabus since 2006/2007 1 - 1,5 14 40,5
MIEMM 27 Syllabus since 2006/2007 1 - 1,5 14 40,5
MIEQ 64 Syllabus 1 - 1,5 14 40,5

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
Armando Jorge Miranda de Sousa
Manuel Firmino da Silva Torres

Teaching language



  • To welcome and integrate the new coming students.

  • To introduce the most important services

  • To teach “Soft Skills” and to stress their importance (soft skills: team work, communication, etc) 

  • To discuss a scientific theme / project of limited complexity

Learning outcomes and competences

At the end of the project of the course, the team of students should have:

  • Used a Logbook – either paper or web based
  • Written a technical/scientific report
  • Created a poster
  • Prepared an oral presentation
  • Presented publicly and defend work of the Theme/Project.

Learning Outcomes:

  • RES_1: To know FEUP and to use its services, such as: CICA, SICC, SERAC, SDI
  • RES_2: To have communication skills (report, oral presentation and poster)
  • RES_3: To have research skills and to be organized
  • RES_4: To have team work skills: to make part of a team, to be assessed; to have flexible interpersonal relationships; to have the ability to interiorize and respect group rules
  • RES_5: To reach the specific aims of the Theme/Project.

 Note: Further down is explained how each of theses results are assessed

Working method


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

Basic skills in team-work and computer applications (as a user)


Specific training on professional non-technical skills (so called "soft" skills):

  • Writing in engineering
  • Effective Communication
  • Visual Communication

Additionally, special initial training on:

  • Campus' Information System
  • Advanced computer tools, namely collaborative / web based such as, for instance, Google Apps
  • Effective Learning (including Time Management)
  • Other Topics: ethics, plagiarism, quotation styles and referencing, etc.

The course also includes technical work and formation within the scope of the program that the student enrolled to the work in the Theme / Project.

Mandatory literature

Van Emden, J., Becker, L.; Presentation Skills for Students. Edition 2., Publisher Palgrave Macmillan, 2010

Complementary Bibliography

Edward Tufte; The visual display of quantitative information, 2001 (000056149 0-9613921-4-2 000056149 )
456; 123, Edições Sílabo, 2008
Neves, J. G., Garrido, M. Simões, E.; Manual de Competências Pessoais, Interpessoais e Instrumentais (Teoria e Prática). 2ª edição., Edições Sílabo, 2008
Nuno Ferreira e Bruno Caldeira; Faz o curso na Maior, Lua de Papel / Leya, 2012. ISBN: 9789892321042

Teaching methods and learning activities

The course has an initial week with full dedication with several welcoming activities and formation though lectures and e-learning in the above mentioned topics. The activities of the initial week will be graded.

The professors chosen to supervise Project FEUP will suggest Themes/Projects, which can be divided into two different tasks. Each of these tasks will be given to a group of 6 students that will be guided by a FEUP student.

Each group make a project about a theme. During the project a logbook must be used.

At the end of the work, a scientific report, a poster and an oral presentation will be submitted for grading. The work is to orally presented and defended to a panel in the style of a scientific conference.

The form and the content of the work report, the poster as well as the oral presentation and defense of the project (jury questions/audience) will be assessed.


Humanities > Philosophy > Ethics > Applied ethics
Social sciences > Communication sciences
Technological sciences
Technological sciences > Technology > Communication technology

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation without final exam

Assessment Components

Designation Weight (%)
Participação presencial 5,00
Teste 10,00
Trabalho escrito 60,00
Trabalho laboratorial 25,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

Designation Time (hours)
Elaboração de projeto 10,00
Estudo autónomo 5,00
Frequência das aulas 19,00
Trabalho de campo 6,50
Total: 40,50

Eligibility for exams

Participation in the work of the Team/Project

Calculation formula of final grade

Assessment formula:

  • 100%_Final_Mark =(15%_Individual_Grade_of_First_Week) + (85%_Individual_Project/Theme Grade)
  • 85%_Individual Project/Theme_Grade = 85%_Group_Project/Theme Grade + ±85%_Individual_Offset;
  • 85%_Group_Project/Theme_Grade = (40%_Report) + (20%_Poster) + (25%_Presentation);
  • 85%_Individual_Offset = Individual_performance_within_team


  • 15%_Individual_Grade_of_First_Week - includes attendance and results of the activities of the first week, ELearning activities and may include quiz information ("Mid-Term")
  • ±85% Individual Offset => Individual performance in the team. The grade is set by the supervisor based on the assessment given by the peers and information collected by the mentor. Generally, the total of the Individual Offset for all of the people in the group is zero.









Report on Theme / Project






Oral Presentation












Peer Evaluation






Evaluation by "Monitor" elder student






Evaluation by "Supervisor" professor







Examinations or Special Assignments

Initial activities (lectures, etc.)

ELearnng Activities

Work in the Theme/Project in the scope of the program.

Special assessment (TE, DA, ...)

  • All students will have to complete a mandatory minimal set of activities, to be defined yearly

  • Working students always have justification for missed classes

  • Work on the Them/Project is mandatory


============ Important: ============

  • This course has several Lectures
  • Find your own schedule at the SIGARRA information system
  • Presence and other activities may be part of final grade
  • It is mandatory to read FEUP's EMail

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