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Evaluation Methods in Medical Informatics

Code: IM2014_08     Acronym: AIM

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Medical Informatics

Instance: 2020/2021 - 2S (of 08-02-2021 to 30-07-2021) Ícone do Moodle

Active? Yes
Responsible unit: Departamento de Medicina da Comunidade, Informação e Decisão em Saúde
Course/CS Responsible: Master Programme in Medical Informatics

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
MIM 19 Plano Oficial (Atualizado Despacho n.º 5137/2020) 1 - 3 27 81

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
Tiago António Queiros Jacinto

Teaching - Hours

Theoretical and practical : 1,00
Tutorial Supervision: 0,71
Others: 0,21
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Theoretical and practical Totals 1 1,00
Tiago António Queiros Jacinto 1,00
Tutorial Supervision Totals 1 0,71
Tiago António Queiros Jacinto 0,71
Others Totals 1 0,21
Tiago António Queiros Jacinto 0,21

Teaching language

Suitable for English-speaking students


This course addresses topics related to the evaluation methods of health information systems

Learning outcomes and competences

The main objectives are: to understand the need and the difficulty of assessing health information systems, as well as the different perspectives and needs assessment; acquire notions of how to evaluate and select the different valuation models applicable to Medical Informatics (MI); understand basics of evaluation methodology; describe different types of studies, their applications and limitations; describe the different steps for the development or adaptation and evaluation of a measuring instrument; acquire notions about preparing a study proposal and know the process of its planning, acquiring experience in the preparation and reporting of the results of an assessment in MI; gained experience in critical appreciation of evaluation studies in MI.

Working method



Why evaluate

Frame appropriate questions to be addressed in an evaluation

How to make reliable, valid measurements

Design, carry out, and interpret rigorous studies using wide range of quantitative and qualitative techniques

Negotiate and conduct studies in the context of ongoing health care

Propose study designs and communicate results to multiple audiences. Research ethics and governance

Critical appraisal of published evaluation studies

Mandatory literature

Edward H. Shortliffe and James J. Cimino editors; Biomedical Informatics: Computer Applications in Health Care and Biomedicine, Biomedical Informatics: Computer Applications in Health Care and Biomedicine. Third edition. New York, USA. Springer; 2006 (Capítulos 10 e 11)

Teaching methods and learning activities

Thematic presentations and discussions; group work and individual exercises

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation without final exam

Assessment Components

Designation Weight (%)
Teste 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 13,00
Estudo autónomo 27,00
Frequência das aulas 14,00
Trabalho escrito 27,00
Total: 81,00

Eligibility for exams

Attending classes is not mandatory.

Calculation formula of final grade

Evaluation is based on a final written test and a presentation of a group written assignment.

Final grade = Classification of written test *0.5 + Classfiication of group written assignment*0.5


Minimal grade of 9.5 in all evaluation components.
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