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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: 2016/2017 - 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 22 Plano de estudos oficial a partir de 2008/09 1 - 1,5 14 40,5
MIEA 35 Syllabus since 2006/07 1 - 1,5 14 40,5
MIEC 154 Syllabus since 2006/2007 1 - 1,5 14 40,5
MIEEC 206 Syllabus 1 - 1,5 14 40,5
MIEGI 82 Syllabus since 2006/2007 1 - 1,5 14 40,5
MIEIC 131 Syllabus since 2009/2010 1 - 1,5 14 40,5
MIEM 163 Syllabus since 2006/2007 1 - 1,5 14 40,5
MIEMM 33 Syllabus since 2006/2007 1 - 1,5 14 40,5
MIEQ 67 Syllabus 1 - 1,5 14 40,5

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
Manuel Firmino da Silva Torres
Sara Maria Pinho Ferreira

Teaching - Hours

Lectures: 32,00
Recitations: 81,00
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Lectures Totals 1 32,00
Alexandre Júlio Machado Leite 2,00
Francisco Manuel de Oliveira Piqueiro 2,00
João António Pereira de Carvalho Bastos 4,00
José Manuel Soutelo Soeiro de Carvalho 2,00
José Manuel de Magalhães Cruz 2,00
Luís Filipe Ribeiro dos Santos Guimarães 2,00
Manuel Firmino da Silva Torres 6,00
Sonia Luísa dos Santos Simões 2,00
Teresa Margarida Guerra Pereira Duarte 2,00
Sara Maria Pinho Ferreira 6,00
José Carlos dos Santos Alves 1,00
José Nuno Moura Marques Fidalgo 1,00
Recitations Totals 1 81,00
Carlos João Rodrigues Costa Ramos 2,00
Helder Filipe Duarte Leite 2,00
Abílio Manuel Pinho de Jesus 6,00
Ana Sofia Moreira dos Santos Guimarães Teixeira 4,00
Armando Luís Ferreira Leitão 2,00
Francisco Manuel de Oliveira Piqueiro 2,00
João António Pereira de Carvalho Bastos 1,00
José Manuel Ferreira Duarte 6,00
José Manuel de Magalhães Cruz 4,00
Luís Filipe Ribeiro dos Santos Guimarães 2,00
Margarida Maria da Silva Monteiro Bastos 6,00
Maria Eugénia Rebelo de Almeida Macedo 5,00
Teresa Margarida Guerra Pereira Duarte 4,00
Xavier das Neves Romão 8,00
Abel Jorge Antunes da Costa 2,00
Luciano José Santos Reis Moreira 2,00
Artur Manuel de Oliveira Andrade Moura 2,00
Hélio Mendes de Sousa Mendonça 2,00
Vítor Manuel Grade Tavares 2,00
Maria Dulce Soares Lopes 2,00
João Paulo Filipe de Sousa 2,00
José Nuno Teixeira de Almeida 2,00
Paulo José Cerqueira Gomes da Costa 2,00
José Nuno Moura Marques Fidalgo 2,00
Jorge Manuel Gomes Barbosa 8,00
João Pedro da Silva Poças Martins 4,00
Filomena Maria da Conceição Viana 2,00

Teaching language



  • To welcome and integrate the new coming students.

  • To introduce the most important services of the campus

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

  • To discuss a scientific Theme / Project of limited complexity in engineering areas.

Learning outcomes and competences

At the end of this 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.


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.

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

Joan van Emden, Lucinda Becker; Presentation skills for students. ISBN: 978-0-230-24304-0
Edward R. Tufte; The visual display of quantitative information. ISBN: 0-9613921-4-2
Kathleen McMillan, Jonathan Weyers; How to write dissertations and project reports. ISBN: 978-0-273-74383-5

Complementary Bibliography

Julce Mary Cornelsen; Escrever... com normas. ISBN: 978-989-26-0108-3
Angelika H. Hofmann; Scientific writing and communication. ISBN: 978-0-19-539005-6
José Gonçalves das Neves, Margarida Garrido, Eduardo Simões; Manual de competências pessoais, interpessoais e instrumentais. ISBN: 978-972-618-477-5
Nuno Ferreira com Bruno Caldeira; Faz o curso na maior. ISBN: 978-989-23-2104-2
University of Chicago ; The Chicago Manual of Style Online, University of Chicago Press, 2015. ISBN: http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/home.html (Available only for the FEUP community; access from the outside with VPN)

Teaching methods and learning activities

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

After the initial week, six weeks of team work follow. The professors chosen to supervise Project FEUP will set Themes/Projects, which can be divided into two different tasks. Each of these tasks will be given to a team of 6 students that will be guided by a Monitor, elder FEUP student.

Each team make a project about a Theme/Project and 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
Technological sciences > Engineering

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 team work (Theme/Project)

Calculation formula of final grade

Assessment formula:

  • Final_Mark =(15%×Individual_Grade_of_First_Week) + [(40%×Report) + (20%×Poster) + (25%×Presentation)+Individual_Offset]


  • 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")
  • 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 monitor. Generally ranges between ± 2 and the total of the Individual Offset for all of the people in the team is zero.









Report on Theme / Project






Oral Presentation












Peer Evaluation






Evaluation by "Monitor"






Evaluation by "Supervisor"






Examinations or Special Assignments

Initial activities (lectures, etc).

ELearning 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 do not have mandatorily to attend classes (equivalent to justified absence)

  • Work on the Theme/Project is mandatory

  • In this course is not possible to be evaluated by exam in any official periods of assessment


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

  • Find your own schedule for the initial week in fe.up.pt/projfeup
  • Find your own schedule for the next six weeks at the SIGARRA information system (press in the student name and then in time schedule)
  • Presence in lectures and other activities may be part of final grade (e.g in the case of FEUP auditorium, attendance is monitored by passing the FEUP card at the entrance)
  • It is mandatory to read FEUP's email daily.

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