Curricular Unit:Code:
Communication Methods and Techniques145MTC
1MasterArchitecture and Urbanism4 ects
Learning Period:Language of Instruction:Total Hours:
Winter SemesterPortuguese/English52
Learning Outcomes of the Curricular Unit:
Increased knowledge and ability to understand the specific stages and characteristics of scientific methodology.
Application of knowledge and understanding to the elaboration of a scientific project.
Ability to gather, select and interpret relevant information, in order to prepare a scientific project.
Skills in written/oral communication in a structured, organised and comprehensive manner aimed at different audiences.
Skills in self-learning, namely in the gathering and treatment of information.
The MTC (pratical part) course develops the skills for using office applications (Spreadsheet, word processor, presentations).
1st unit
Contents: methodology of scientific work. Reading, gathering and treatment of information. Bibliographical research. General characterisitics of scientific discourse. Structuring a scientific work: written and oral aspects.
2nd unit: textual production: brainstorming, planning and textual structure. Textual types required by the course's specific aims.
Pratical Part
1. Using electronic bibliographic resources; knowing the Rules; Knowing the resources available; The different services available
2. Legal Issues in Informatics
3. Word Processing
4. PowerPoint
5. Excel
Demonstration of the Syllabus Coherence with the Curricular Unit's Objectives:
The programme contents presented cover the essential and coherent fields of knowledge which are necessary to attain the objectives listed, since they are aimed at the two main areas: the methodology of scientific work and the development of reading and writing skills.
The topics cover the course objectives, as they provide for learning and training of all the major course outcomes. Students acquire skills and competences in the major topics of the course, though lectures and hands-on exercices relating Microsoft Word, Powerpoint and Excel.
Teaching Methodologies (Including Evaluation):
The theoretical component classes are based on exposure of the main content and its implementation via small exercises; relief is given to reading and analyzing texts and textual production in gnanam school. Students are assessed through a written test, a group work and the participation in classes.
The teaching methodology is mainly hands-on, with introductory lectures. Exercises and labs allow the students to test and exercise the material taught.
Demonstration of the Coherence between the Teaching Methodologies and the Learning Outcomes:
Since this is a transversal and practical curricular unit, the above mentioned teaching methodologies are coherent with the objectives of the discipline. It is the purpose of the discipline is to make the students acquire the generic skills of the curricular unit. The proposed methodologies rely on understanding the basic concepts behind the tools, and knowing of to use them to their best. Hands-on labs allow the students to become familiar and to use best practices to imprve results and productivity.
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Bizarro, R. e Figueiredo, O. (1994). Da Palavra ao Texto. Porto, Edições ASA.
Cunha, C. e Cintra, L. F. L. (1987). Nova Gramática do Português Contemporâneo. Lisboa, Edições João Sá da Costa.
Eco, U. (1988). Como se faz uma tese em ciências humanas. Lisboa, Presença.
Lipson, C. (2008). Doing honest work in college. Chicago, The University of Chicago Press.
Rego, A. (1999). Comunicação nas organizações. Lisboa, Edições Sílabo.
Rei, J. E. (1994). A Escrita – seu aperfeiçoamento na Universidade. Porto, Porto Editora.
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Parte Prática
RIBEIRO, N. M., BORGES GOUVEIA, L., RURATO, P. & MOREIRA, R. (2005). Informática e Competências Tecnológicas para a Sociedade da Informação. Edições Fernando Pessoa, UFP.