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Third cycle of studies in Information and Communication in Digital Platforms

General information

Official Code: 5591
Acronym: ICPD


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

Courses Units

Digital Archives and Libraries


This curricular unit aims:

- To enable the student to understand the importance of born-digital or digitized information and its management in modern society, as well as the limits and barriers to de defeated.

Specific objectives:

- To understand the nature of information and the its role in modern society;

- To understand the organization of archives and libraries as information systems;

- To understand the basic principles underlying information conversion: principles, requirements and technical procedures involved;

- To understand the challenges that long term preservation defeats;

- To understand the fundamental issues related to intellectual property.



Narrative Design and Analysis and Interactive 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


Multimedia and Accessibility


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


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


Research Seminar II

ICPD0023 - ECTS Help the students to develop their thesis in a strong relationship with the thesis supervisor
Clarify conceptual and methodological questions, emerging from the objet of study 
Promote the realization the thesis into a period of three years, taking place at the end of the second year a Summer Doctoral Consortium (SDC) that is a very useful and efficient iniciative for this proposal


ICPD0025 - ECTS To produce an original research, reasoned (theoretical and empirical work) and poured into an intelligible text within the standards of scientific writing;
To submit the work to a critical final assessment (the defense of the thesis before a jury)
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