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Code: PRODEF027     Acronym: E

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Physics Engineering

Instance: 2022/2023 - 1S Ícone do Moodle

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

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
PRODEF 4 Syllabus since 2009/2010 1 - 12 35 324

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
Joana Cassilda Rodrigues Espain de Oliveira

Teaching - Hours

Recitations: 0,50
Tutorial Supervision: 2,00
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Recitations Totals 1 0,50
Joana Cassilda Rodrigues Espain de Oliveira 0,50
Tutorial Supervision Totals 1 2,00
Joana Cassilda Rodrigues Espain de Oliveira 2,00

Teaching language

Portuguese and english


Critical knowledge of the state-of-the-art of the research theme to be addressed in the PhD Thesis.

Capacity to identify an open question and design, under supervision, a research plan to answer it.

Learning outcomes and competences

Skills for the articulation of the state of the art themes for the research area to be developed. Critical ability to develop a research problem, maintaining the orientation from its formulation to the presentation of possible ways to solve it.

Working method



The specific theme that identifies and responds to the needs of production, research, development, and innovation of industrial and academic actors of the national and global Physics Engineering community.

The monograph will develop the state-of-the-art and propose the methodology, framework, and work plan of the research & development to be conducted in the subsequent years of the Doctoral Programme.

The monograph could include the following structure (a detailed template is available):

1. State-of-the-art

2. Research goals and step forward

3. Research methods (optional)

4. Research Impact

5. Thesis plan and environment

Mandatory literature

Wayne C. Booth, Gregory G. Colomb, Joseph M. Williams; The Craft of Research, University Of Chicago Press, 2008. ISBN: 9780226065663

Complementary Bibliography

National Academy of Sciences; National Academy of Engineering; Institute of Medicine; Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy; On Being a Scientist: A Guide to Responsible Conduct in Research, National Academies Press, 2009. ISBN: 9780309119702 (Free copy can be downloaded from NAP website)

Comments from the literature

Specific bibliography relevant to each PhD thesis theme, including e.g. advanced monographs, information servers, patents, refereed conference proceedings and journals.

Teaching methods and learning activities

Lectures (TP classes) address the general aspects of the course and include Seminars in Engineering Physics from experts, or attending relevant events (schools/workshops) for the ESR training.

In the tutorial classes, the student will conduct, under the supervision, the state-of-the-art of the research field, as well as to identify the research objectives and a credible plan to attain them.

The supervision and general theme of research are of critical importance in this curricular unit and the future thesis. It is the ESR responsibility to select the supervisor and general theme.

The evaluation takes into account the monography text and the oral presentation, each with a 50% weight in the final mark. Any plagiarism or serious ethical breach will result in failing this course and will be reported.

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation without final exam

Assessment Components

Designation Weight (%)
Apresentação/discussão de um trabalho científico 50,00
Trabalho escrito 50,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

Designation Time (hours)
Apresentação/discussão de um trabalho científico 73,00
Trabalho escrito 244,00
Frequência das aulas 7,00
Total: 324,00

Eligibility for exams

Not applicable

Calculation formula of final grade

Final Grade= 50% monography text + 50% oral presentation
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