Code: 22272
Departament: Department of Sciences and Technology
Field of Study: Computer Sciences
    - Research Methods
    - Scientific Writting
    - Research Project
Adérito Fernandes Marcos
Área Científica: Computer Science.

Course Description:
It aims at providing students a space to develop a spirit of scientific critique while identifying and assimilating the main processes, methodologies and practices associated to scientific research in the field of computer science and distinguishing the nature of scientific and technologic knowledge. Students will be trained with writing scientific texts through a state of the art study (SAS) in a specific domain and the preparation of the master project planning.

Upon completion of this course, students shall be able to:
- Recognize the importance of scientific research in the technological advancement of the computer systems and
applications in general;
- Identify the main characteristics, phases and strategies of scientific research in the computer science field;
- Identify the main characteristics of scientific texts and their writing techniques;
- Apply the research strategies and the scientific writing techniques to realize a SAS  and write a proposal for the master project.


1) Methodologies and techniques of the research project: base motivation; support theory; research in computer science, with special emphasis on computer graphics technologies and systems;
2) Systematic search methods of scientific information;
3) Conception and writing of a state-of-the-art study;
4) Conception and writing of a master project proposal.

- “Research design: qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods approaches”, Creswell, John W. 3rd ed (2008).
London: Sage Publications. ISBN: 978-1412965576.
- "Writing a winning dissertation: a step by step guide”, Glattorn, A., Randy, L. J., 2nd edition (2005). Corwin Press.
ISBN: 978-0761939610.
- “Writing for Computer Science”, Zobel, J., 2nd ed. (2004), Springer, ISBN: 978-1-85233-802-2.
- “On Being a Scientist: Responsible Conduct in Research”, National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, et all, 3rd ed. (2009), The National Academies Press, ISBN: 978-0-309-11970-2.  

Workload (hours): 324
Contact Hours: 35

Evaluation is made on individual basis and it involves the coexistence of two modes: continuous assessment (60%) and final evaluation (40%). Further information is detailed in the Learning Agreement of the course unit.

Students are expected to master the English language at the reading level.

Language(s) of Instruction: Portuguese.

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