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Research Methodologies

Code: MM0056     Acronym: MINV

Keywords
Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Communication Sciences

Instance: 2016/2017 - 2S Ícone do Moodle

Active? Yes
Web Page: https://moodle.up.pt/course/view.php?id=1130
Responsible unit: Department of Informatics Engineering
Course/CS Responsible: Master in Multimedia

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
MM 43 Syllabus 1 - 6 45 162

Teaching - Hours

Recitations: 3,00
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Recitations Totals 1 3,00
Carla Susana Lopes Morais 1,00
Luciano José Santos Reis Moreira 2,00

Teaching language

Suitable for English-speaking students

Objectives

This course has two main goals:

1. Use research methodologies in order to solve scientific problems:

  • Become aware of the several composing parts of a research academic assignment.
  • Characterize research according to method and purpose.
  • Know techniques and tools of data collection.
  • Know techniques of data analysis.
  • Know strategies for an accurate selection of bibliography sources.
  • Get in contact with good-practice research and critically analyse research projects.

2. Prepare a dissertation proposal:

  • Know research related to the several specialized areas of the Multimedia Master's Degree: Technology, Culture and Art, Education, Interactive Music and Sound Design.
  • Plan a research project.
  • Communicate ideas with clarity and accuracy in an oral presentation.

 

Learning outcomes and competences

At the end of this course the students should be able to do:

  • The methodological design and elaboration of research projects.
  • Elaborate scientific papers, dissertations and theses.
  • One expects, in particular, that the students are able to elaborate their dissertation proposal and are capable of projecting and developing their research project so as to conclude the thesis successfully.

 

Working method

Presencial

Program


  1. Introduction to research

  2. Ethics in research

  3. Basic structure of a research project

  4. Research characterization concerning the method: qualitative and quantitative

  5. Research classification concerning the purpose: basic research, apllied research, evaluation research, research and development and research-action

  6. Method combination: exploratory studies and methodological triangulation

  7. Research related to the several specialized areas of the Multimedia Master's Degree: Technology, Culture and Art, Education, Interactive Music and Sound Design

  8. Strategies for an accurate selection of bibliography sources

  9. Techniques and tools of data collection

  10. Techniques of data analysis

  11. Basic mechanisms of academic writing

Mandatory literature

Gay; L. R., Mills, G & Airasian, P.; Educacional Research: competencies for analysis and applications, 2011

Comments from the literature

The recommended bibliography description may be found at the subject's Moodle page.

Teaching methods and learning activities


  • Classes with theory components and problem based learning component (PBL) and group dynamics.

  • Assignment presentation by the students.


 

Software

SPSS
NVIVO

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation without final exam

Assessment Components

Designation Weight (%)
Participação presencial 5,00
Prova oral 10,00
Teste 20,00
Trabalho escrito 65,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

Designation Time (hours)
Elaboração de projeto 72,00
Estudo autónomo 45,00
Frequência das aulas 45,00
Total: 162,00

Eligibility for exams

2/3 attendance rate. Some absences may be compensated with virtual participations.

Calculation formula of final grade

Evaluation will comprehend formative and continuous components, mixing flexible parameters with more “conventional” ones, such as a test. There will be self-evaluation and hetero-evaluation moments at the developed assignment presentations. The subject teachers will arbitrate, moderate and guarantee good judgement and transparency. In every case, the students activities are typically marked by four criteria:

a) Scientific accuracy.
b) Creativity/originality.
c) Clarity.
d) Commitment/presentation.

In addition to the tasks, a relatively theoretical test. On a 0 to 20 scale, the final grade will be as according:

A-    Formative, continuous evaluation.
B-    Evaluation of the completed tasks.
C-    Evaluation of the dissertation proposal presentation.
D-    Final written test.

Distribution:
A-    5%
B-    65% 
C-    10%
D-    20%

Each students' final grade will be: 0,05 X A + 0,65 X B + 0,1 x C + 0,2 x D

Special assessment (TE, DA, ...)

As per the ones described in FEUP. Exceptions may be considered in each case.

Classification improvement

No final exam. The final grade improvement will have to be a submitted research proposal presentation, with theme and structure to be discussed with the course teachers.

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