Part of this Programme
Informatics - New Media and Pervasive Systems
Level of Qualification|Semesters|ECTS
Doctorate | Semestral | 15
Year | Type of course unit | Language
1 |Mandatory |Português
Total of Working Hours | Duration of Contact (hours)
750 | 30
Recommended complementary curricular units
Prerequisites and co-requisites
Part I: Identification of research topic.
Part II: Analysis of state-of-the-art.
Part III: Identification of research open issues.
This curricular unit has as major goal to allow students to define a thesis proposal with enough quality to be accepted by the selected evaluation panel. For this propose the syllabus of the course is based on very recent research material that is selected and distributed by the PhD advisor. Moreover, the advisor shall profit from articulation mechanisms that assist in a better alignment of methodologies in the context of the several advisorships related to the same programme year thus resulting in a quality improvement (due to better organization).
Knowledge, abilities and skills to be acquired
Since the goal of this Curricular Unit is to prepare the proponent to write a suitable PhD proposal, at the end of the course the student is expected to have acquired the required knowledge and competences to defend his/her proposal for a PhD thesis. The teacher responsible for this curricular unit will assist in the development of a coordinated management and scientific quality effort through an adequate scheduling and through uniform procedures to handle the delivery of results throughout the thesis work. This will be done by recurring to the development of an objective evaluation, both quantitative and qualitative, that is expected to bring in better alignment across all of the advisorship team and with an articulated perspective of the overall course and its students.
Teaching methodologies and assessment
The work methodology of this Curricular Unit follows a tutorial nature. The student progress in his/her work is based on regular meetings with his/her advisor, being the evaluation methodology left to the advisor. The scheduling and quality of the thesis preparation work is validated based on a periodic monitoring of progress. The validation progress is done based on three meetings with all students: at the beginning, middle and at the end of the semester. The last meeting takes the shape of a seminar conclusion session, where the students present their thesis plans.
The teaching method to be used is fully aligned with the goals of the curricular unit, by providing students with a tutorial and continuous support, which offers them the opportunity of progressing smoothly to the definition of a quality thesis proposal.
Depends on the specific PhD work plan and will be provided by the student´s PhD advisor.