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Methodologies for Scientific Research

Code: PRODEI032     Acronym: MIC

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Multidisciplinary Themes

Instance: 2018/2019 - 1S Ícone do Moodle

Active? Yes
Responsible unit: Department of Informatics Engineering
Course/CS Responsible: Doctoral Program in Informatics Engineering

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
PRODEI 11 Syllabus 1 - 12 42 324

Teaching - Hours

Recitations: 3,00
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Recitations Totals 1 3,00
Carlos Manuel Milheiro de Oliveira Pinto Soares 1,50
António Augusto de Sousa 1,50

Teaching language



- To make young Researchers acquainted with the Methods, Processes and best Practices associated to Scientific Research in several different scientific domains as well as in Informatics (Computer Science and Computing Engineering). - To develop scientific critical attitude. - To enable the students to adequately produce scientific papers and thesis according to all the relevant steps that are expected for this kind of texts. - To convey to the students all the needed processes related with the organization, participation and monitoring of scientific meetings. 

Learning outcomes and competences

Competences to be acquired are the ones directly related with, and leading to, the previous exposed goals.
- How to use scientific methods for research work
- Critical Analysis and reviewing of scientific papers
- How to write scientific texts (papers, reports, theses)
- How to make oral presentations of scientific work
- How to organize scientific meetings

Working method



1- Methods and Techniques for developing Research projects
- Basic Motivations
- Supporting Theories
- Positivist (classical) Research method
- Interpretative Research method
- Research in Engineering disciplines
- Associated Techniques

2- Sistematic Methods of Scientific Information Resaerch

3- How to write a research paper for publication.

4- Invited Talks on Research experiences.

5- Organisation of, and participation in, a scientific meeting (Workshop).

Mandatory literature

Eugénio Oliveira; Notes for Scientific research methodology (Handouts available in the course webpage. It includes several links to other bibliography)
Thomas Kuhn; The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, The University of Chicago Press

Complementary Bibliography

Michael P. Marder ; Research Methods for Science, Cambridge University Press, 2011. ISBN: 9780521145848 (A textbook example)
• R. A. Day and B. Gastel; How to Write and Publish a Scientific Paper, Oryx Press, 2006
P. Bock; Getting It Right: R&D Methods for Science and Engineering, Academic Press, 2001
Michael P. Marder; Research Methods for Science, Cambridge University Press

Teaching methods and learning activities

- Discussion (argumentation as well as counter-argumentation) about how adequate the philosophical and scientific principles are to the research domains envisaged for students future work.

- Critical analysis of scientific publications

- Attending and interacting with invited speakers

- Organizing an internal workshop, including:
    -- Production of papers in the appropriate format
    -- paper reviewing and reviews management through appropriate software tools
    -- paper oral communication

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation without final exam

Assessment Components

Designation Weight (%)
Participação presencial 10,00
Prova oral 30,00
Trabalho de campo 30,00
Trabalho escrito 30,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

Designation Time (hours)
Frequência das aulas 42,00
Total: 42,00

Eligibility for exams

Classes attending
Exercising on scientific papers' reviewing
Writing a "research paper" (draft)
Communication of the paper contents on the Workshop
Participation on the Workshop organization process.

Calculation formula of final grade

Attending and participating during classes 10%
Selected paper reviewing 15%
    -Participation in the organization 15%
    -Paper reviewing process 15%
    -Writing the scientific paper 30%
    -Oral presentation 15%

Special assessment (TE, DA, ...)

The same of regular students

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