Research Methodologies (MISE)
Cod: 22161
Department: DCET
ECTS: 7.5
Scientific area: Enterprise Information Systems
Total working hours: 210
Total contact time: 40

It aims at providing students a space for the development of scientific critical mind, while identifying and assimilating the main research processes, methodologies and practices in science and technology with special emphasis on technologies and information systems.

scientific research
research in information technology
research methodologies in science and technology

Upon completion of this course, students shall be able to:
- Recognize the importance of scientific research in the technological advancement of the computer systems and applications in general;
- Identify the main characteristics, phases and strategies of scientific research giving special emphasis to the computer science field;
- Identify the main characteristics of scientific texts and their writing techniques;
- Apply the research strategies and the scientific writing techniques to realize a state-of-the-art study or an evaluation of an existing article and write a scientific paper.

1) Methodologies and techniques of the research project: base motivation; support theory; traditional research; interpretive research; research in computer science, with special emphasis on technologies and information systems;
2) Systematic search methods of scientific information;
3) Conception and writing of a scientific article;
4) Presentation and argumentation of scientific work.

- "Research design: qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods approaches", Creswell, John W. 3rd ed (2008). London:Sage Publications. ISBN: 978-1412965576.
- "Writing a winning dissertation: a step by step guide", Glattorn, A., Randy, L. J., 2nd edition (2005). Corwin Press. ISBN:978-0761939610.
- "Writing for Computer Science", Zobel, J., 2nd ed. (2004), Springer, ISBN: 978-1-85233-802-2.
- "On Being a Scientist: Responsible Conduct in Research", National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, et all, 3rd ed. (2009), The National Academies Press, ISBN: 978-0-309-11970-2.


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.