Research Methodologies


To prepare students to conduct the different stages of a research or work project, which include
the planning of the proposed work, the definition of objectives and methods and the preparation
of final the report (dissertation, thesis, project, or internship report).

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Rui Alexandre Henriques Gonçalves


Weekly - Available soon

Total - Available soon

Teaching language

Portuguese. If there are Erasmus students, classes will be taught in English




• BRYMAN, A. (2012). Social Research Methods. 4th ed. Oxford University Press Inc.
• CATER-STEEL, A. and L. Al-Hakim (2009). Information Systems Research Methods,
Epistemology, and Applications. IGI Global Snippet
• CHART, C. (2001). Doing a Literature Search: a comprehensive guide for the social
sciences. London: Sage Publications
• OATES, B. J. (2006). Researching Information Systems and Computing. London: Sage
• RECKER, J. (2013). Scientific Research in Information Systems: A Beginner's Guide.
Progress in IS, Springer
• SAUNDERS, M.; A. Thornhill and P. Lewis (2012). Research Methods for Business
Students. 6th Ed. Prentice-Hall

Teaching method

Lectures and tutorials.

Evaluation method

Thesis proposal (100%).

Subject matter

1. Introduction to research work.
a) The nature of research
b) The investigation process

2. Topic formulation and research objectives
a) A good research topic
b) The generation of ideas
c) Research questions, goals and objectives

3. The Critical review of the literature
a) Critical review
b) Literature search tools and sources
c) Norms for citation and references

4. Methodological approaches in scientific research.
Strategies and methods for research
a) Approaches to research
b) Research designs

5. Presentation of the final work: structure, content, and
editing rules
a) Report structure
b) Organization
c) Writing: editing and norms