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Preparation of dissertation project

Code: MEAC16_12     Acronym: PPD

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Health Sciences

Instance: 2022/2023 - 2S Ícone do Moodle

Active? Yes
Responsible unit: Public Health and Forensic Sciences, and Medical Education Department
Course/CS Responsible: Academic and Clinical Education

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
MEAC 14 Current Studies Plan 1 - 6 54 162

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
Laura Virginia Pereira Teixeira Ribeiro

Teaching - Hours

Theoretical classes: 0,36
Theoretical and practical : 1,57
Tutorial Supervision: 1,57
Seminar: 0,38
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Theoretical classes Totals 1 0,36
Laura Virginia Pereira Teixeira Ribeiro 0,357
Theoretical and practical Totals 1 1,57
Laura Virginia Pereira Teixeira Ribeiro 1,57
Tutorial Supervision Totals 1 1,57
Laura Virginia Pereira Teixeira Ribeiro 1,57
Seminar Totals 1 0,38
Laura Virginia Pereira Teixeira Ribeiro 0,357

Teaching language



The purpose of this unit is to help the student to organize a research project, which will be developed in the master course. This unit will enable the student to acquire the competencies that will enable him/her to write a scientific project.

Learning outcomes and competences

With the completion of the project it is intended that students develop the fundamentals of applied research in the various contexts of academic education and clinical and plan and apply knowledge theoretical and theoretical-practical arising from their education, and acquire the skills and working methods indispensable for the development of original contributions in this area.

Working method



The program aims to obtain skills needed for writing and development of the Masters thesis project. Project preparation should include:

Adequate bibliography analysis;

Knowledge of methodologies (laboratory and statistical) needed to develop the research project;

Presentation of articles in scientific meetings;

Participation in scientific meetings (seminars, conferences, symposia, Journal Clubs);

Project writing.

Mandatory literature

Page, M. J., McKenzie, J. E., Bossuyt, P. M., Boutron, I., Hoffmann, T. C., Mulrow, C. D., Shamseer, L., Tetzlaff, J. M., Akl, E. A., Brennan, S. E., Chou, R., Glanville, J., Grimshaw, J. M., Hróbjartsson, A., Lalu, M. M., Li, T., Loder, E. W., Mayo-Wilson, E.; The PRISMA 2020 statement: an updated guideline for reporting systematic reviews., BMJ (Clinical research ed.)
Vandenbroucke JP, Von Elm E, Altman DG, et al; Strengthening the Reporting of Observational Studies in Epidemiology (STROBE): explanation and elaboration, PLoS medicine, 2007
Thomas B. Newman; Designing Clinical Research, Williams and Wilkins, 2013

Teaching methods and learning activities

The planned seminars will address topics related to the process of developing a master's thesis, from the design of the project to its writing. This UC will include collective meetings with the students for the organization of the working project, which will serve to monitor the design of each project throughout the academic year, as well as a space for sharing ideas, doubts and difficulties among students. Students will be invited to participate in scientific meetings of the Faculty of Medicine (seminars, lectures and J Clubs), and to present articles (J Clubs). The methodology of this unit is mainly a individual work, with tutorial monitoring. The evaluation will consist in the writing and presentation of a project to be developed under the master's course, following consideration and discussion by a jury formed by members of the Scientific Committee of the Master.
The described teaching methodologies are the necessary for the development of a research project to develop during the Masters course.

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation with final exam

Assessment Components

Designation Weight (%)
Participação presencial 20,00
Apresentação/discussão de um trabalho científico 20,00
Trabalho escrito 60,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

Designation Time (hours)
Apresentação/discussão de um trabalho científico 2,00
Elaboração de projeto 40,00
Estudo autónomo 100,00
Trabalho escrito 20,00
Total: 162,00

Eligibility for exams

Present writen and oraly a dissertation project.

Calculation formula of final grade

Assessment of the writen plan plus project presentation and discussion.
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