Methodology and Research Techniques
Cod: 62127
Department: DCSG
Scientific area: Business Sciences
Total working hours: 156
Total contact time: 40

Scientific research methodology is a fundamental subject to producing scientific knowledge. Through this course, students will be able to develop skills to follow the stages of the research process, detail research questions, define methodological designs, be guided by ethics, and communicate and disseminate the results of their scientific work.




Data analysis

Qualitative and quantitative approaches

  • Provide a theoretical and methodological background on the development of scientific research projects.
  • Develop the ability to design a research project framed by the context of action.
  • Select and apply appropriate methodologies foreseeing the adjusted forms of collecting and processing information.
  • Recognize the importance of communication and dissemination of results.

  1. The scientific research process - stages
  2. Research questions and analysis model
  3. Methodological designs
  4. Ethical issues in research
  5. Communication and dissemination of research results

Mandatory bibliography:

Bardin, Laurence (1995). Análise de conteúdo, Lisboa: Edições 70.

Cooper, H.; Hedges, L. V.; Valentine, J. C. (Eds.) (2019). Handbook of research synthesis and meta-analysis. New York: Russel Foundation

Hill, Manuela M.; Hill, Andrew (2002). Investigação por questionário, Lisboa: Edições Sílabo.

Maroco, João (2018). Análise estatística com utilização do SPSS, Lisboa: Edições Sílabo.

Saunders, M.; Lewis, P & Thornhill, A. (2019). Research Methods for Business Students. 8th Edition, London, Pearson

Stake, Robert E. (2009). A arte da investigação com Estudos de Caso, Lisboa: Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian.

Sternberg, R.; Krauss, G. (Eds.) (2014). Handbook of research on entrepreneurship and creativity. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.


Evaluation is made on individual basis and it involves the coexistence of two modes: continuous assessment (60%) and final evaluation (40%). Further information is detailed in the Learning Agreement of the course unit.