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Research Theories and Methods in Geography

Code: DGEO005     Acronym: TMIG

Keywords
Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Geography

Instance: 2017/2018 - 1S

Active? Yes
Responsible unit: Department of Geography
Course/CS Responsible: Third cycle of studies in Geography

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
DGEO 4 DGEO - Study Plan 1 - 6 50 162

Teaching - Hours

Theoretical classes: 2,00
Tutorial Supervision: 0,53
Fieldwork: 0,84
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Theoretical classes Totals 1 2,00
Luís Paulo Saldanha Martins 0,10
Maria da Assunção Ferreira Pedrosa de Araújo 0,10
Carmen do Céu Gonçalves Ferreira 0,10
José Alberto Vieira Rio Fernandes 0,80
Ana Maria Rodrigues Monteiro Sousa 0,10
Helder Trigo Gomes Marques 0,10
Maria Helena Mesquita Pina 0,10
Fátima Loureiro de Matos 0,10
António Alberto Teixeira Gomes 0,10
Teresa Maria Vieira de Sá Marques 0,10
Fantina Maria Santos Tedim 0,10
Carlos Valdir de Meneses Bateira 0,10
Helena Cristina Fernandes Ferreira Madureira 0,10
Tutorial Supervision Totals 1 0,53
José Alberto Vieira Rio Fernandes 0,15
Ana Maria Rodrigues Monteiro Sousa 0,04
Helder Trigo Gomes Marques 0,04
Helena Cristina Fernandes Ferreira Madureira 0,04
Fantina Maria Santos Tedim 0,04
Maria Helena Mesquita Pina 0,02
Teresa Maria Vieira de Sá Marques 0,04
António Alberto Teixeira Gomes 0,04
Luís Paulo Saldanha Martins 0,04
Maria da Assunção Ferreira Pedrosa de Araújo 0,04
Carmen do Céu Gonçalves Ferreira 0,04
Fieldwork Totals 1 0,84
Maria Helena Mesquita Pina 0,06
Fantina Maria Santos Tedim 0,06
José Alberto Vieira Rio Fernandes 0,18
Maria da Assunção Ferreira Pedrosa de Araújo 0,06
Ana Maria Rodrigues Monteiro Sousa 0,06
Helder Trigo Gomes Marques 0,06
Carlos Valdir de Meneses Bateira 0,06
Helena Cristina Fernandes Ferreira Madureira 0,06
Luís Paulo Saldanha Martins 0,06
Carmen do Céu Gonçalves Ferreira 0,06
António Alberto Teixeira Gomes 0,06
Teresa Maria Vieira de Sá Marques 0,06

Teaching language

Suitable for English-speaking students

Objectives

The discipline will consider in-depth theoretical and empirical framework, intending to give students a solid education and training in the field of the epistemology of science, discussing the thinking environments that marked the trends and the frames of reference to scientific research in different relevant periods, particularly the latest developments and the main trends.
With regard to the present time, it is intended to present and discuss how different disciplinary areas produce and reproduce knowledge, with emphasis on the social sciences and geography. The central objectives are:
-Discuss theoretical dimension elements that favor the understanding of facts or geographical nature processes.
-To present and discuss different methodologies used in scientific research in geography.

Learning outcomes and competences

Knowledge of theoretical framework and various methodologies and techniques, potentially applicable to the investigation of each student.

Working method

Presencial

Program

1-trends and current context of the epistemology of science.
2-Theories and methods of research in social sciences/Earth Sciences;
a) Theories and methods in spatial planning.
b) Debate of scientific literature chosen by the students.
c) Theories and methodologies in research projects: atlas, GIS, PROT's, ...
3-The empirical research component (sources and statistical production, documentary sources, the global network, surveys and interviews; using for example the dating techniques, sedimentology, using precision GPS, construction of digital models of terrain)
a) Sources and processing of quantitative information.
b) Sources and treatment of qualitative information.

Mandatory literature

*; Não se aplica

Teaching methods and learning activities

The sessions will take place in open debate, in most cases with presentation followed by discussion.

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation without final exam

Assessment Components

Designation Weight (%)
Defesa pública de dissertação, de relatório de projeto ou estágio, ou de tese 50,00
Exame 50,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

Designation Time (hours)
Elaboração de projeto 52,00
Estudo autónomo 50,00
Frequência das aulas 60,00
Total: 162,00

Eligibility for exams

Project presentation

Calculation formula of final grade

50% will take in account the public defense of the project.
50% de exam grade

Examinations or Special Assignments

n/a

Internship work/project

n/a

Special assessment (TE, DA, ...)

n/a

Classification improvement

n/a
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