Competências Nucleares em Investigação


·         Students are expected to learn about the functioning of the course, its major goals and future career opportunities;

·         Students are also expected to learn and use a variety of research skills in health sciences including the generation of new ideas, translating ideas into verifiable hypothesis, design of experimental approaches to verify hypothesis and critical analysis and interpretation of the results obtained;

·         Students are also expected to present and critically discus s a scientific paper. This includes assessing the relevance and pertinence of the study as well as its impact based on the current state of knowledge;

·         Student are expected to plan, write and present the main sections of a research grant addressing a specific hypothesis taking into consideration the main constrains;

·         A strong emphasis will be placed in the ethical issues involved in research in health sciences and students are expected to incorporate these ethical aspects in a mock grant application.

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Responsible teacher

Professor Doutor Paulo de Carvalho Pereira


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The bibliography will be available at the beginning of each edition after consultation with participants and guests. Where applicable the bibliography will consist of scientific articles available on the internet in databases to which students have access. In each edition of the course, the most recent scientific information will be used. And students will be encouraged to share notes and information about the curricular unit in virtual forums on computer platforms, to be created, of the virtual blackboard type.

Teaching method

The objectives are achieved through theoretical-practical classes, seminars and workshops, on the themes. Models that involve student participation and that contribute to a critical analysis of the different syllabus contents are favored whenever possible and appropriate. Include informal discussion sessions with students from previous editions of the course or (in the early years) with students from similar courses.

The selection method for acquiring more transversal competencies (eg. career, knowledge mobilization) will involve practical examples and presentation of success stories wherever possible in the first person. Students will be actively involved in presenting scientific articles and developing an idea for a project.

Evaluation method

The evaluation will involve three components: the presentation and critical discussion of a scientific article (20%), the preparation and oral discussion of a fictitious research project proposal (40%) and the written evaluation of the research project summary (40%).

Subject matter

- Critical aspects in the initiation and development of a career in science; limitations, alternative courses;

- Methods and means for organizing, preparing, exhibiting and discussing experimental results in the form of a scientific paper;

- Formulation of scientifically valid hypotheses and ideas and their translation into an organized and structured research project in order to allow its funding;

- Concepts, principles and fundamental regulatory norms of bioethics and scientific integrity and their application in the elaboration of an investigation;

- Success stories and examples of entrepreneurship and innovation in science;

- Intellectual property;

- The peer review and evaluation process and its main applications: publication of scientific articles, project evaluation, professional recruitment;

- Literacy and mobilization of knowledge in life and health sciences.


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