Curricular Unit:Code:
Dissertation Project II884PDI2
1PostgraduateEcology and Environmental Health7 ects
Learning Period:Language of Instruction:Total Hours:
Spring SemesterPortuguese/English91
Learning Outcomes of the Curricular Unit:
This Curricular Unit (UC) seeks to guide the student so that it develops all the skills necessary for effective preparation of his doctoral thesis. In addresses research methodologies aimed to provide the student with specific tools necessary to carry out the dissertation.
The student should master the basic methodology for the preparation of a thesis, carrying out, in the scope of the discipline, a dissertation project that respects the editorial rules of Fernando Pessoa University.
1. Steps, Tools and Concepts
2. Research
3. General Nature of Science
4. Knowledge sources
5. Deductive Knowledge
6. Inductive Knowledge
7. Scientific Knowledge
8. The Problem
9. Literature Review
10. Methodology
Demonstration of the Syllabus Coherence with the Curricular Unit's Objectives:
The syllabus of the course aims to guide the student in his/her research project, beginning with the previous planning of work until the decision of the methodology to be adopted.
Throughout the course, the student becomes aware of the complexity involved in a doctoral thesis, which is expected to result in innovative knowledge, as well as, if possible, scientific publications that attest to the quality of the work developed.
Teaching Methodologies (Including Evaluation):
The teaching-learning methodology is expository, interrogative and demonstrative during practical classes and sessions of orientation of the study. It uses guided study, to allow to correctly interpret and apply knowledge. Research work focused on the topics covered is proposed. Where applicable, thematic seminars are organized with external speakers.
Demonstration of the Coherence between the Teaching Methodologies and the Learning Outcomes:
The methodologies of teaching and learning of this course were programmed in order to maximize the development of the research project. It is intended that throughout the course, through the different strands addressed in the knowledge being taught, the student will become aware of the need to approach the work developed throughout the doctoral thesis with the conscience that it will always be a challenge for which the student must meet conditions to bring it to success.
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