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Individual Project

Code: PDB010     Acronym: PDB010

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Ethics in Health Sciences

Instance: 2019/2020 - 2S (of 10-02-2020 to 31-07-2020)

Active? Yes
Responsible unit: Departamento Medicina da Comunidade, Informação e Decisão em Saúde
Course/CS Responsible: Doctoral Programme in Bioethics

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
PDB 28 PhD Course on Bioethics 1 - 6 60 162

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
Rui Manuel Lopes Nunes

Teaching - Hours

Theoretical classes: 2,85
Theoretical and practical : 1,42
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Theoretical classes Totals 1 2,85
Guilhermina Maria da Silva Rêgo 2,85
Theoretical and practical Totals 1 1,42
Guilhermina Maria da Silva Rêgo 1,42

Teaching language

Portuguese and english


The essential aim of the Curricular Unit of Individual Projects is that the student acquires the necessary knowledge to make individual scientific work, specifically in Bioethics and Biolaw. Especially in what concerns the technical and scientific dimensions of this area. In the conceptual plan the aims are the acquisition and knowledge of the core concepts in these areas and in the different types of research in Bioethics and Biolaw.

Learning outcomes and competences

With this curricular unit the student must gather the necessary skills for understanding the performance of individual research projects. Moreover the student must be adequately prepared to publish the scientific work in relevant scientific papers.

Working method



The syllabus is designed in accordance with the conceptual framework of the curricular unit. It is required to emphasise written and published science. And the ellaboration of a specific and innovative research project. Main areas developed:

  1. a) Clear Identification of a Research Problem
  2. b) Hypothesis Formulation
  3. c) Information Sources (internet)
  4. d) State of the Art
  5. e) Bibliographical Revision
  6. f) Methods
  7. g) Empiric Study
  8. h) Presentation of Results
  9. i) Discussion of Results
  10. j) Conclusions
  11. k) Limitations of the Research
  12. l) Future Research

Mandatory literature

1- Nunes, R. ; Bioética, Coimbra: Gráfica de Coimbra, 2010
2- Beauchamp, T., & Childress, J. ; Principles of Biomedical Ethics, New York: Oxford University Press, 2013
3- Gillon, R.; Principles of Heath Care Ethics, Londres: Wiley, Londres, 1994
4- Nunes, R.; Testamento Vital, Coimbra: Almedina, 2011
5- Nunes, R.; Gene-Ética, Coimbra: Almedina, 2013

Teaching methods and learning activities

Teaching methodologies have different strategies: a) Theoretical Lectures: about different themes related to the Curricular Unit; b) Seminars: Prepared and guided discussion of specific themes, defined in advance, with the participation of professors and students; c) Group Work: Pedagogical activity of analysis and problem solving, orientated by the professors and actively prepared by the students; and d) Presentation of Case-Problems by the students.

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation with final exam

Assessment Components

Designation Weight (%)
Trabalho escrito 100,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

Designation Time (hours)
Estudo autónomo 51,00
Frequência das aulas 60,00
Trabalho escrito 51,00
Total: 162,00

Eligibility for exams

The Continuous Assessment is performed by the responsible professor for the group of students who attend the Curricular Unit. An assessment of the whole pedagogical process and of the evolution of each student's capacities is at stake: evolution in the communication skills, evolution of the human relation, of the regular attendance in the Curricular Unit, of the interest and participation in the pedagogic process, and, finally, of the theoretical and practical knowledge. It is possible to make use of audio-visual techniques.

Calculation formula of final grade

The Final Assessment of the curricular unit is made by the Continuous Assessment (50%) and a Final Examination that evaluates the acquisition of theoretical and practical knowledge (50%).
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