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Third cycle of studies in Information and Communication in Digital Plataforms

Dados Gerais

Código Oficial: 5591
Acronym: ICPD


  • Information and Communication in Digital Platforms (180 ECTS credits)
  • Doctoral Course in Information and Communication in Digital Platforms (60 ECTS credits)

Course Units

Digital Archives and Libraries


Narrative Design and Analysis and Interactive Games



- Promote understanding, analysis and discussion of various theories of digital storytelling and interactive games;

Understand the concepts of ludology versus narratology;

- Promote the acquisition of knowledge in the game design development process;

- Promote understanding, analysis and discussion on the impact of video games on present society;

- Promote the ability to analyse and evaluate digital storytelling and interactive digital games;

Convergence Culture in the Mass Media


Interaction Design and Analysis


The purpose of this course is to build a theoretical framework centered on technological mediation, particularly in human-computer interfaces, to consolidate the proposed PhD project of each student. The contribution of this course should be developed according to several complementary perspectives and culminate in the following specific objectives:

i) survey of problem cases in contexts of communication and / or information determined by the theme of each PhD project;

ii) analytical evaluation of a sustained interaction problems of usability and accessibility heuristics appropriate to the context in question;

iii) identification of methodologies for conceptualizing the interface that the user reconciles the perspectives with assumptions of usability, accessibility and comfort cognitive;

iv) integration of knowledge acquired in the “state of the art” of the thesis project and in the methodological basis of doctoral work.

Mass Media and Society


The central objective of this curricular unit is to increase the student’s knowledge and understanding of media’s social significance. It aims to reveal the work of the media industries, the ways media texts convey their meanings, the ways audiences engage themselves with media, and provide basic knowledge about the theory of networks as well as identify in the new interactive platforms, specific forms of sociability. At the end of the curricular unit, a student should have gained a more extensive and critical appreciation of media’s function in people’s lives and their role as a central institution in contemporary society which helps us to make sense of our world

Participatory Media


New Information and Communication Paradigms on Digital Platforms


1. Update and deepen students' knowledge on key scientific and epistemological paradigms that influence current research in the area of Communication and Information Sciences;
2. Develop the knowledge and skills of students with the resources and tools to search, retrieval and sharing and communication of scientific information that are offered throughout the course.

Research Methods and Techniques


- To know the fundamentals of scientific research.

- To develop a critical attitude of initiative when addressing issues that may be the object of scientific research.

 - To understand the strengths and limitations of various research methodologies in the Social Sciences.

 - To solve problems – to organize and to plan research - based on acquired knowledge.

Dissertation Project

ICPD0019 - ECTS Consolidate and apply knowledge concerning the methodology and techniques of research to a specific topic in the field of Communication and Information Sciences, resulting in the development of the project of the doctoral thesis.

Research Seminar I

The main goal of this curricular unit is the identification of the PhD theme and the binomial tutor-student. 

Research Seminar II

ICPD0023 - ECTS Help the students to developping your thesis in a strong relationship with each Thesis Director
Clarify conceptual questions, emerging from the objet of the study and methodological
Promote the realization the tehsis into the skedul of three years, doing at the end of second year a Summer Doctoral Consortium that is a goog iniciative for this proposal


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