Code: 22281
ECTS: 30
Departament: Department of Sciences and Technology
Field of Study: Computer Sciences
    - Scientific investigation
    - Research methodology and methods in computer engineering
    - Scientific Writing
Adérito Fernandes Marcos
Área Científica: Computer Science.
E-mail: marcos@uab.pt

Course Description:
It aims at providing students with an opportunity to engage in a specific research and intervention-development
project in the master’s course field, preferably, in a real-life environment, whose final results shall be presented as a dissertation. It shall embrace the identification of novel problems, posing new challenges, both from the conceptual and practical point of view, requiring new creative answers/solutions that are well-suited to the end-user scenarios.

Upon completion of the course, students shall be able to:
- critically analyze contexts of development-intervention in the master’s course domains;
- conceptualize, implement and evaluate a research & development-intervention project in the master’s course domain;
- develop conceptual tools that are methodologically adequate for the development of research & development-intervention projects;
- write documentation and essays with accurate criticisms about research project and be able to prepare a final dissertation.  

The diversity of professional contexts where the dissertation work will be potentially realized leads to an opened domain of working topics to be adopted in this discipline.
There are, however, some topics that are fundamental and shall be therefore considered. They are as follows:
1) Observation and analysis of contexts, public and application domains of intervention of computer graphics technologies (CGT);
2) Development of research and development-intervention projects;
3) Development of methodologies and strategies of requirement analysis, design and implementation of solutions in the domain of CGT in professional contexts;
4) Implementation of methodologies and strategies of research and development in the domain of CGT;
5) Preparation and writing of academic and professional texts and essays.

- "Writing a winning dissertation: a step by step guide”, Glattorn, A., Randy, L. J., 2nd edition. Corwin Press. 2005.
ISBN: 978-0761939610.
- “Writing for Computer Science”, Zobel, J., 2nd ed., Springer, 2004, ISBN: 978-1-85233-802-2.
- Other to be defined case-by-case.

Workload (hours): 810
Contact Hours: 14

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 – gcri@uab.pt