Below is a brief description of the units of the PDTSI, showing the mandatory and elective curricular units.

Frequency unitsLearning outcomesFrequency type
Seminário de Tecnologias e Sistemas de InformaçãoTo understand the main theories in the IST field and reference areas; To explain the typical R&D approaches in the field of IST and its reference areas; To analyse and debate research papers focusing on its various components (Research question, literature review, research model, research plan, results, discussion, etc.) Mandatory
Planeamento da Dissertação em TSITo design a PhD research proposal that includes the explanation of the research question or the problem to be solved, justifying its relevance; To define and justify a detailed plan for the tasks to be performed.Mandatory
Seminário de I&D em TSITo describe and discern the characteristics and nature of scientific knowledge and technological knowledge; To describe the main steps of the R&D process; To explain the need and importance of the knowledge validation phase; To describe the various scientific paradigms and R&D methods; To explain their application to different types of problems; To explain the different R&D practices in areas related with information systems and technology fields (e.g., information science, computer science, software engineering); To comment on a R&D project description.Mandatory
Métodos quantitativos de investigação em TSITo understand and be able to discern the various quantitative approaches, methods and research techniques adequate to the field of IST; To debate research papers, commenting the purpose and contributing to improve the used research approaches.Elective
Métodos qualitativos de investigação em TSITo understand and discern among the various quantitative approaches, methods and research techniques adequate to the IST field; To debate research papers, commenting their purpose and contributing to improve the used research approaches.Elective
Métodos de Investigação em EngenhariaTo create, select and transform an idea into a research theme; To define a research plan using social science methods and approaching ethical themes. Elective
Estudos Empíricos em Engenharia e Gestão de SoftwareTo understand the recent developments and emergent themes in the field; To be able to describe different R&D approaches and their suitability to relevant themes; To understand the R&D trends in the field; TO discuss various project aspects and R&D results in the field.Elective
Tópicos de Investigação em Sistemas para a Inteligência do Negócio e da OrganizaçãoTo describe the recent developments and emergent themes in the field; to describe the R&D approaches used and their suitability to the field; To understand the R&D trends in the field; to discuss various project aspects and R&D results in the field.Elective
Tópicos de Investigação em Segurança e Auditoria de Sistemas de InformaçãoTo describe the recent developments and emergent themes in the field; To describe the R&D approaches used and their suitability to the area themes; To explain the R&D trends in the field; To discuss diverse project aspects and R&D results in the field.Elective
Tópicos de Investigação em Gestão do ConhecimentoTo describe the recent developments and emergent themes in the field; To describe the R&D approaches used and their suitability to the area themes; To explain the R&D trends in the field; To discuss diverse project aspects and R&D results in the field.Elective
Tópicos de Investigação em Engenharia e Gestão Organizacional Orientadas aos ProcessosTo describe the recent developments and emergent themes in the field; To describe the R&D approaches used and their suitability to the area themes; To explain the R&D trends in the field; To discuss diverse project aspects and R&D results in the field.Elective
Tópicos de Investigação em Especificação, Contratação e Gestão de Serviços de TI/SITo describe the recent developments and emergent themes in the field; To describe the R&D approaches used and their suitability to the area themes; To explain the R&D trends in the field; To discuss diverse project aspects and R&D results in the field.Elective
Tópicos de Investigação em Bibliotecas Digitais e Serviços de InformaçãoTo describe the recent developments and emergent themes in the field; To describe the R&D approaches used and their suitability to the area themes; To explain the R&D trends in the field; To discuss diverse project aspects and R&D results in the field.Elective
Tópicos de Investigação em Sistemas Móveis e Computação UbíquaTo describe the recent developments and emergent themes in the field; To describe the R&D approaches used and their suitability to the area themes; To explain the R&D trends in the field; To discuss diverse project aspects and R&D results in the field.Elective
Tópicos de Investigação em Sistemas Gráficos e MultimodaisTo describe the recent developments and emergent themes in the field; To describe the R&D approaches used and their suitability to the area themes; To explain the R&D trends in the field; To discuss diverse project aspects and R&D results in the field.Elective
Gestão de InovaçãoTo develop a strategic plan for innovation; To evaluate an organization’s capability for innovation; To manage technological innovation. Elective
LiderançaTo explain various leadership theories and develop their own leadership philosophy; To identify key components in effective leadership; To develop critical thinking skills associated with leadership styles and subjects; To describe historical perspectives associated with leadership; To explore their own potential for leadership.Elective
Gestão de projectoTo explain the importance of projects in organizations; To contribute for the project’s beginning, the definition of its horizon and managing the horizon’s changes; To develop schemes to ease the effective execution of a project; To apply project management tools and techniques.Elective