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Research Methodology

General details of the subject

Face-to-face degree course

Description and contextualization of the subject

This course introduces and elaborates a research publication design and production process that is intended to make the business of preparing good quality research publication submissions more explicit, more controllable, more efficient, and thus more effective.

The course is designed to teach what to do (and occasionally what not to do) in all the basic tasks and activities that make up doing research in scientific, engineering, design, and many other fields of research. It aims to teach the foundations of good research research practices.

The main goal is to apply the main concepts of the research methodology.

The students will learn on: the design of a dissemination plan, the development of a paper, the design of resources, the design of a poster, the definition of a Thesis, the main ethical issues in research.

In the event that the sanitary conditions prevent the realization of a teaching activity and / or face-to-face evaluation, a non-face-to-face modality will be activated of which the students will be informed promptly.

Teaching staff

NameInstitutionCategoryDoctorTeaching profileAreaE-mail
LOPEZ DE IPIÑA PEÑA, MIREN KARMELEUniversity of the Basque CountryProfesorado PlenoDoctorBilingualSystems and Automatic


Students should have updated knowledge about the advanced working techniques and methodologies related to the field of Smartgrids and distributed generation, particularly from the point of view of their control. 10.0 %
Analysing the R&D and innovation projects of universities, technology centres and companies in the field of Smartgrids and Distributed Generation. 20.0 %
Students should be able to communicate about the projects carried out working in multidisciplinary and multilingual national and international teams of professionals and researchers operating in the field of Smartgrids. 20.0 %
Students should acquire sufficient technical and scientific maturity to participate in collaborative projects with other parties, and to adapt autonomously to the continuous development of knowledge and methodologies in the field of Smartgrids. 20.0 %
Students should be trained to understand and analyse technical documents, standards and scientific articles on the topic of the Master, and to apply them in the creation of work and research related to the field of Smartgrids. 30.0 %

Study types

TypeFace-to-face hoursNon face-to-face hoursTotal hours
Applied laboratory-based groups121830

Training activities

NameHoursPercentage of classroom teaching
Acquiring basic instrumental skills30.040 %
Expositive classes18.0100 %
Systematised study27.00 %

Assessment systems

NameMinimum weightingMaximum weighting
Practical tasks0.0 % 40.0 %
Presentations0.0 % 60.0 %

Ordinary call: orientations and renunciation

The subject will be evaluated base on a practical work. However, you have to attend classes to take into account the work (at least 75% of attendance is required).

Extraordinary call: orientations and renunciation

The subject will be evaluated base on a practical work.


1.- Foundations of Research Practices

2.- Tools and information resources

3.- Disseminating research findings

4.- Resources

5.- Research projects

6.- Ethical Issues

7.- Doctoral Thesis


Compulsory materials

1. A Review Article: BCI Review

Jonathan R Wolpaw, Niels Birbaumer, Dennis J McFarland, Gert Pfurtscheller, and Theresa M Vaughan: Brain-computer interfaces for communication and control,

Clinical Neurophysiology, Vol 113, Issue 6, June 2002, Pages 767–791, ISSN 1388-2457

2. A Journal Article: Bayesian Ants

Rónán Daly and Qiang Shen: Learning Bayesian Network Equivalence Classes with Ant Colony Optimization, Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research,

Volume 35, Pages 391–447, 2009

3. A Conference Paper: IUI04

Karl E Steiner and Jay Tomkins: Narrative Event Adaptation in Virtual Environments,

Proceedings of the international conference on Intelligent User Interfaces, IUI04,

ACM Press, 2004, Pages 46–53

Basic bibliography

- Bishop, A.P. Scholarly journals on the net: A reader's assessment. Library Trends, 43, 544-570. 1995.

- Braun, T.; Glanzel, W.; Schubert, A. Some data on the distribution of journal publications types in the science citation index database. Scientometrics, 15, 325-330. 1989.

- Campanario, J.M. El control de la comprensión en el aprendizaje de textos científicos. Tesis Doctoral, Universidad de Alcalá: Alcalá de Henares. 1993.

- Day, R. A. How to write and publish a scientific paper. Oryx Presss 1998.

- Eichorn, D.H.; Van den Boss, G.R. Dissemination of scientific and professional knowledge. American Psychologist, 40, 1309-1316. 1985.

- Fitzgerald, D.; Erianne, G. Managing references the esasy way. The Scientist, January 7, 43-46. 2002.

- Michels, R. Peer review. International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 76, 217-221. 1995.

- van Oostendorp, H.; Otero, J.C.; Campanario, J.M. Conditions of updating during reading. En Louwerse, M., van Peer, W. (Eds.) Thematics: Interdisciplinary Studies. Series on Converging Evidence in Language and Communication Research, John Benjamins: Londres. 2002.

- Reserch methods, available at: on 2020-07-06

In-depth bibliography

- "Introducción a la investigación científica y tecnológica" Primo Yúfera, E. editorial Alianza, 1994.

- "La investigación científica: su estrategia y su filosofía". Bunge, Mario; Ariel, 1985.

- "Consejos a un joven científico". P.B. Medawar. Crítica 2011

- "A PhD is not enough! A guide to Survival in Science". Petr J. Feibelman. Basic Books 2011

- "Metodología formal de la investigación científica". Tamayo y Tamayo, Mario; Limusa, 1977.

- "La ciencia: su método y su filosofía". Bunge, Mario; Siglo Veinte, 1988.

- "Metodología de la investigación: bibliográfica, archivística y documental". De la Torre Villar, Ernesto; McGraw-Hill, 1981.

- "Documentación y metodologías de la investigación científica. Cuadernos de trabajo". Curras E. Editorial Paraninfo, 1995.

- "Guía para elaborar la tesis". Zorrilla Arena, Santiago; McGraw-Hill Interamericana, 1997.

- "Cómo escribir una tesis doctoral". Pery, Chad; Universidad de Queensland, 1996.

- "Breakthrough thinking in total quality management" Hoffherr, G.D.; Nadler, G.; Moran, J.W.; Prentice Hall, 1994.

- "Case study research: design and methods". Yin, R.K.; Sage, 1984


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Research in Engineering Design, Elsevier

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