City Planning and Transportation
3rd Cycle Studies
Lectures combining theoretical explanations with exercise solving and with conceptual and real-case discussions.
Provide students with a deep knowledge on advanced research methodologies and work plan development skills.
Evolution of research methods. Scientific approaches. Scientific method in natural sciences: description, prediction, control, and understanding. Controllable and uncontrollable phenomena: limitations of experimental methods in face of real world complexity. Non-experimental methods: correlation, nature observation, surveys/questionnaires, case studies. Research and analysis with missing data. Optimization methods. Conversion of empirical data into computational data. Socioeconomic analysis and methods. Political analysis and methods. Research design and process control.
António José Pais Antunes
Participation in classroom activities; home assignments; and written final exam: 100.0%
Robson C, Real World Research, Blackwell, 2002
Gibbons M, Limoges C, Nowotony H, Schwartzman S, Scott P, Trow M, The New Production of Knowledge:
The Dynamics of Science and Research in Contemporary Societies, Sage Publications, 1994
Gauch Jr HG, Scientific Method in Practice, Cambridge UP, 2003
Yin RK, Applications of Case Study Research, Sage, 2002