The students should have knowledge of the disciplines of Sources of Sociological Information, Introduction to Research Methodology and the units of research methods and techniques in sociology. This is an academic unit to be taken at the end of the course.
In the first part of the course, classes are based on lecturing and training on the different stages of research and includes the following procedures for: 1) selection and listing of critical variables, 2) development of the state of the art, 3) planning of a project, 4) formulation of hypotheses and designing methodology, 5) development of timelines; 6) institutional support resources, 7) reporting and dissemination of results.
In the second part students will present the progress of the preparation of the project, identifying the difficulties and suggested options.
This course aims to train the students in the practices of designing, implementing and presenting of a research project. The syllabus emphasizes the practical aspect of this course, geared to address the different phases of a research project, from conception to presentation and disclosure of results
To internalize the structure of a research project and to train its different phases: design and layout of the research, preparation and presentation of the project
The unit test project aims to operationalize knowledge and skills acquired in the course both at theoretical and methodological levels.
In the essay, students should be able to: i) define the subject that prompted the research, ii) examine the sources of information; iii) Select documents; iv) collect information; v) Treat the information vi) prepare a report .
1. What is a research project
1.1. How to design a research project
1.2. Types of research projects
2. The elements of a research project
2.1. Understanding and clarifying the issue
2.2. The starting quaestion
2.3. Search, selection and collection of information
2.4. Information processing
2.5. State of the art and model analysis
2.4. Objectives, hypotheses and operationalization
2.6. Human resources and financial resources
2.7. Organization and scheduling of tasks
3. Preparation and presentation of research projects
3.1. Preparing a dissertation proposal
3.2. Developing a research project
3.3. Entities funding of research projects
4. Project results
4.1. Preparing interim and final reports
4.2. Arguing and debating in the scientific context
4.3. Scientific and unscientific publications
Sílvia Maria Dias Ferreira
A review of the presentation of another student : 5.0%
Oral presentation of a part of the research project : 20.0%
An essay with a maximum of 20 pages, in which is shown the research project: 75.0%
BECKER, Howard S. — Segredos e truques da pesquisa. Rio de Janeiro : Jorge Zahar Editores, 2008. [BP 001.8 BEK]
BELL, Judith — Como realizar um projecto de investigação : um guia para a pesquisa em ciências sociais e da educação. 3ª ed.. Lisboa : Gradiva, 2004. [BP 001.8 BEL
CRISTÓVÃO, Fernando - Método : sugestões para a elaboração de um ensaio ou tese. Lisboa : Edições Colibri ; Centro de Literatura de Expressão Portuguesa da Universidade de Lisboa, 2001.[BP 001.8 CRI]
O'LEARY, Zina - The essential guide to doing your research project. Reprint.. Los Angeles : Sage Publications, 2010. [BP 001.8 OLE]
QUIVY, Raymond ; CAMPENHOUDT, Luc Van — Manual de investigação em ciências sociais. 4ª ed. rev. e aument.. Lisboa : Gradiva, 2005. [BP 303 QUI]
SOUSA, Gonçalo de Vasconcelos e - Metodologia da investigação, redacção e apresentação de trabalhos científicos. Porto : Livraria Civilização Editora, 1998. [BP 001.8 SOU]