Research Methodologies


The Research Methodologies course main objective is to introduce the principles of scientific investigation to the students, helping them to adopt appropriate methodologies in the Master Dissertation. It is intended to build up in students the ability to develop autonomous research in their area of expertise and/or to design and develop innovative approaches in a business context.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

António Carlos Bárbara Grilo, Radu Godina


Weekly - 2

Total - 2

Teaching language



This course has no mandatory precedences, but it is necessary to have knowledge about all the second cycle courses contents.


  • Booth, W.C., Colomb, G.G., Williams, J.M., Bizup, J., FitzGerald, W.T., 2016. The Craft of Research, Fourth Edition, Edição: Fourth. ed. University of Chicago Press, Chicago.
  • Creswell, J.W., Creswell, J.D., 2018. Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods Approaches, Edição: Fifth. ed. SAGE Publications, Inc, Los Angeles.
  • Waddell, D.C.D., 2019. A Step-by-Step Guide to Complete a Dissertation: Using a Quantitative Research Methodology. Independently published.
  • Simons, H., 2009. Case Study Research in Practice, Edição: 1. ed. SAGE Publications Ltd, Los Angeles; London.
  • Stake, D.R.E., 1995. The Art of Case Study Research. Sage Publications, Thousand Oaks.
  • Trochim, Donnelly, Arora, K., 2015. Research Methods: The Essential Knowledge Base, Edição: 2. ed. Cengage Learning, Boston, MA

Teaching method

Theoretical-practical classes take place mostly with an oral presentation of the themes, supported in multimedia material. After the teacher presentation, the students develop in a group, in the classroom, a set of activities that include:

Practical case analysis
Analysis and discussion of scientific documents

Writing scientific texts

Presentation of work done

Classes will be taught online.

Evaluation method

The final evaluation of the Research Methodologies (MI) course unit (UC) will be based on the following elements:

1.Assessment of each Activity i (Ai): 2 group activities will be held and will be evaluated as follows: 1) the degree of success in carrying out the activity and 2) the contribution of each student to the execution of the activity.

The groups will be 4 or 5 students and their composition can be changed in the various activities to be developed during the semester.

To perform the activities you will need at least 1 computer / tablet per group.

2. Individual Assignment (IT): Assignment to be performed as specified. 

Delivery Date: 18th of December 2020, until 16:00.

3. Group Assignment (TG): consists of a presentation to be performed as specified. The groups will consist of 4 or 5 students.

Date of submission: After the submission of works

All assignments (TG and TI) have to be made by following the available template.

For group assignments, group members will evaluate their performance and contribution through a 100% distribution among group members, for example, if in a group of 4 members all have 25%, then it is considered that everyone contributed equally.

The final grade of MI will be composed as follows:

Final grade = 0.3 * TG1 + 0.3 * TG2 + 0.4 * TI

at where:

TI - Individual assignment Grade  (Deliver on 18/12/2020, until 16:00)

TG1 - Group assignment Grade 1 (Deliver on 16/10/2020)

TG2 - Group assignment Grade (Deliver on 27/11/2020)

The grade of each of the evaluation components is rounded to one decimal place.

Approval occurs if the final grade is 9.5 or higher.

Subject matter

What is research?

The use of scientific methodologies for phenomenon investigation.

Inductive and deductive approach.

The different types of research: qualitative vs. quantitative and basic vs. applied.

The features of a Master''''''''s Dissertation.

The state of the art: its importance and methodologies to follow.

Definition of research questions and objectives.

The case study methodology.

The survey methodology.

Strategies for collecting and analyzing data.

The importance of ethics in scientific research. 

Scientific writing style.


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