Curricular Unit:Code:
Scientific Work Methodology817MTC
2MasterCriminology4 ects
Learning Period:Language of Instruction:Total Hours:
Winter SemesterPortuguese/English52
Learning Outcomes of the Curricular Unit:
OA1 - Deepen knowledge about fundamentals, paradigms, methods and techniques of investigation in criminology;
OA2 - Identify and characterize in detail the steps inherent to the research process;
OA3 - Acquire and practice practical skills related to the design and planning of research in criminology;
OA4 - Identify different obstacles associated with research in criminology;
OA5 - Equating problem solving strategies in criminology research.
1st Unit = Introduction to Research Methodology - CONCEPTUAL PHASE
1. Introductory Questions
2. Planning an investigation
2.1. Choose and formulate a research problem
2.2. Literature review and construction of the theoretical framework
2.3. Library resources
2.4. Delimit the goal of research, your questions or hypotheses
3. The research design
4. Sampling methods
5. Data collection methods
6. Data analysis: general guidelines and common problems
7. Presentation of results: general guidelines and common problems
8. Reporting of results: the research to the dissemination report
8.1. Basic rules of written errors and / frequent problems
9. Basic rules for the preparation of a systematic review of the literature
10. Research Practice
Demonstration of the Syllabus Coherence with the Curricular Unit's Objectives:
Unit 1 – The contents prioritize the deepening of knowledge and skills to development a scientific research: Integrate knowledge, skills and abilities to conduct the scientific process considering the ethics principles; demonstrate knowledge and skills to plan an investigation; Select appropriate methods and techniques;
Units 2 and 3 - The contents prioritize the deepening of knowledge and skills at the level of quantitative and qualitative research: know the main techniques for collecting quantitative and qualitative data; know how to treat data;
Teaching Methodologies (Including Evaluation):
Teaching methodology will include theoretical lecturing, research and discussion about the research plan of the students. The evaluation will be continuous consists of the execution of a research project proposal in the area of Criminology (60%) and the presentation and oral discussion of this work (40%), as well as the execution of theoretical-practical tasks and punctuality and attendance of the student.
Demonstration of the Coherence between the Teaching Methodologies and the Learning Outcomes:
Unit 1 - Theoretical exposition of contents, that characterize the scientific knowledge; Demonstration, presentation and discussion on the advantages and limitations of qualitative and quantitative research; Individual and group debate about the choices among the quantitative methods, qualitative methods or the complementary of the two methods; Demonstrations of practical exercises, essentially based on students research projects; Unit 2 and 3 - Theoretical exposition of contents, characterizing the quantitative/qualitative research; Exposition, presentation and discussion on different ways of collecting and processing quantitative/qualitative data; Demonstrations and practical exercises about the choice of quantitative/qualitative method, based on students research projects;
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Lecturer (* Responsible):
Ana Isabel Sani (
Laura Nunes (