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Project Thesis in Medicine

Code 11023
Year 1
Semester A1
ECTS Credits 30
Workload OT(40H)
Scientific area Medicina
Entry requirements 1. Genesis of scientific knowledge 2. Limitations of scientific knowledge 3. Originality and concept of authorization 4. Usefulness of research and its assessment 5. Quantification of results in Science 6. Research objectives: factors that determine its rating 7. Multiple objectives : prioritization 8. Methodologies: adequacy to objectives; validity and feasibility of the situations of the Portuguese reality. 9. Statistics: Suitability for specific projects. 10. Research planning, task division and scheduling. 11. Communication rules in science: scientific writing style 12. How to make a good research project 13. Dissertation guidance: How to choose a suitable advisor.
Learning outcomes Understanding of the scientific method for the elaboration of a research project leading to a doctoral thesis.
Skills to be acquired:
1 - Understanding the values shared by the scientific community regarding the quantification of outputs
2 - Ability to set objectives and evaluate their clarity and validity.
3 - Ability to develop a methodology leading to specific objectives.
4 - Ability to plan, establish partial tasks and draw up a schedule.
5 - Mastery of the particularities of the style of scientific writing and its application to the elaboration of a research project.

Expected results:
The student should be able to design a well-written research project with clear, relevant, original and achievable objectives in real context.
Syllabus 1. Genesis of scientific knowledge 2. Limitations of scientific knowledge 3. Originality and concept of authorization 4. Usefulness of research and its assessment 5. Quantification of results in Science 6. Research objectives: factors that determine its rating 7. Multiple objectives : prioritization 8. Methodologies: adequacy to objectives; validity and feasibility of the situations of the Portuguese reality. 9. Statistics: Suitability for specific projects. 10. Research planning, task division and scheduling. 11. Communication rules in science: scientific writing style 12. How to make a good research project 13. Dissertation guidance: How to choose a suitable advisor.
Main Bibliography American Medical Association (1998). American Medical Association Manual of Style - a guide to authors and editors, 9th ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins.

Hall, George M. (2003). How to write a paper, 3rd Ed. [London]: Wiley-Blackwell.

Mathews, David Edward; Farwell, Vernon Todd (1996). Using and understanding Medical Statistics, 3rd edition. Basel: Karger AG.

Peat, Jennifer (2002). Scientific Writing: Easy when you know how. London: BMJ Books.

Smith, F. Gao; Smith, J.E. (2003). Clinical research. Oxford; BIOS Scientific Publishers.

Zeiger, Mimi (2000). Essencials of Writing Biomedical Research Papers, 2nd Ed. New York: McGraw-Hill.
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2013-09-12

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