Code: 23048
ECTS: 60
Departament: Department of Sciences and Technology
Field of Study: Technology and Web Systems
    Doctoral Thesis
    Doctorate Work
    Web Science and Technology
Adérito Fernandes Marcos
Área Científica: Computer Science.

Ramiro Manuel Ramos Moreira Gonçalves

Course Description:
It aims at building a specific research project in Web Science and Technology, whose final product will be a doctoral thesis. It must configure the identification of new problems and raise, at the conceptual and praxeological levels, the search for responses adjusted to the contexts of intervention.

Upon completion of this learning unit, the student should be able to:
  • Critically analyse research contexts in Web Science and Technology;
  • Design, implement, and assess research projects in Web Science and Technology;
  • Develop conceptual and methodological instruments that are adjusted to the development of research projects.

The diversity of the intervention contexts where the work supporting the thesis is expected to take place recommends the opening of the syllabus, allowing its definition as the student progresses in his/her PhD. There are, however, some topics that should be included:
  1. Observation and analysis of research contexts, target audiences, and intervention domains in Web Science and Technology;
  2. Development of research projects (design, implementation, and assessment);
  3. Development of methodologies and strategies for requirement analysis, design and implementation of solutions in Web Science and Technology, in the thesis contexts of intervention;
  4. Operationalization of methodologies and strategies for research in Web Science and Technology (project design, data collection and analysis, assessment, critical reflection).

  • Turabian, K. (2013). A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations. 8th edition. Chicago, USA: University Of Chicago Press.
  • Creswell, J.W. (2008). Research design: qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods approaches, 3rd edition. London: Sage Publications.
  • Pickering, C.M.; & Byrne, J. (2014). The benefits of publishing systematic quantitative literature reviews for PhD candidates and other early career researchers. Higher Education Research and Development, 33, 534-548.
Philips, E. (2000). How to Get a PhD: A Handbook for Students and Their Supervisors. London, UK: Open University Press.

Workload (hours): 1560
Contact Hours: 90

The methodological referential for the practices of teaching and learning is based on research supported by critical reflection. The thesis project involves students in a process of identification and analysis of situations with potential for intervention as researchers, followed by construction of research strategies and their development, continuous assessment, and conclusion. This process of reflection-action promotes the gradual build-up of his/her critical autonomy, to the extent that it deepens, in a progressive and spiralled manner, his/her learning, both conceptually and experientially, which results in the doctoral thesis to be publicly defended before a jury.
The contact with the advisor(s) is done through online tutoring and face-to-face sessions. The final evaluation results from the evaluation of the public defence, with a component of continuous assessment in a proportion not exceeding 10%.

In the process of setting up and implementing a specific research project in Web Science and Technology, whose final product is the doctoral thesis, it is proposed as teaching methodologies a collaborative approach to online learning, in virtual class, strongly based on the discussion of topics of a theoretical nature (to assimilate the various techniques and research methodologies) and also an approach to learning of the practice of research through the execution of a concrete research project.

Language(s) of Instruction: Portuguese.

Contact for virtual mobility students: Communication and International Relations Office –