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Code: MESW0015     Acronym: D

Classification Keyword
CNAEF Informatics Sciences

Instance: 2021/2022 - A Ícone do Moodle

Active? Yes
Web Page: http://moodle.up.pt/
Responsible unit: Department of Informatics Engineering
Course/CS Responsible: Master in Software Engineering

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
MESW 15 Syllabus since 2016/17 2 - 48 28 1296

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
Ana Cristina Ramada Paiva

Teaching language

Suitable for English-speaking students


In accordance with the procedure laid down in specific standards of FEUP, characterisation of Dissertation is as follows:

1. individual Work, research and development leading to the development of a
scientific dissertation about a desktop theme, or knowledge of the course towards
integration and application to solving complex problems of engineering knowledge,
skills and attitudes acquired along the course.

2. it may be a work of research or technological development and implementation,
involving experimental media and/or simulation, which promotes the development of
capacity for initiative, decision-making, innovation, creative thinking and critical, in
the context of individual or group work.

3. should involve the analysis of new situations, the collection of relevant
information, development and selection of design or approach methodologies and
instruments proposed problem resolution, to its resolution, the Office of sin-thesis
and drawing of conclusions, and the preparation of a relevant dissertation subject to
public presentation and discussion of results.

4. Can be carried out in academic or academic and entrepreneurial environment. In
this case the objectives, nature and form of monitoring of the work shall be subject
to prior agreement between the student and the College's guiding and company,
validated by the course Director, ensuring the satisfaction of the scientific and
pedagogical objectives of the curriculum unit, and protect any confidentiality issues
by the host institution/company.

Learning outcomes and competences

Individual work on research and development, leading to the production of a
scientific dissertation on a subject in the area of knowledge of the course, or
to integrate and apply knowledge, skills and attitudes acquired during the
course to solving complex problems of engineering.
The work can be research type or technological development and
application, involving experimental media and/or simulation, and should
promote skills on building initiative, decision-making, innovation, creative
and critical thinking.

Working method



There is no set program for the matters addressed depend on the theme of the thesis.

Mandatory literature

João Canas Ferreira e João Correia Lopes; Modelo do Relatório-Dissertação

Teaching methods and learning activities

There are no formal classes, the pertinent information is given via e-mail,
periodically or as needed, and in meetings with students as and when
Work may be performed in an academic or corporate environment. In this
case, the form of monitoring of the work is subject to agreement between
the student and the Faculty and company supervisors. For the work taking
place in an academic environment, guidance is provided to students through
regular meetings with supervisors.
The work is individual, but can be developed within a team responsible for a
large project.

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation without final exam

Assessment Components

Designation Weight (%)
Defesa pública de dissertação, de relatório de projeto ou estágio, ou de tese 100,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

Designation Time (hours)
Apresentação/discussão de um trabalho científico 100,00
Elaboração de projeto 300,00
Elaboração de relatório/dissertação/tese 240,00
Estudo autónomo 100,00
Trabalho de investigação 460,00
Total: 1200,00

Eligibility for exams

The main objectives of the research work should be completed and the corresponding report finalized.

Calculation formula of final grade

The assessment to be carried out by the jury, depends on the components
Report and
Public Presentation
in accordance with:
CL = 50%.TD + 30%.R + 20%.AP

Topics to be considered for the evaluation of each of the components

Difficulty of work proposed
Depth-of work performed
Relevance/impact, in the institutions, evaluating the results obtained
Working Method
Volume and quality of work produced
Student integration-working groups


Critical analysis of the State of the art and of work
Structure and logical development
Proper use of figures, algorithms and other illustrations
Summary, introduction and conclusion
Document global Presentation
Citations and references
Spelling and other aspects of grammar


Work and results presentation
Presentation content and organization
Professionalism and posture
Level of safety and confidence in answers
Level of knowledge demonstrated

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