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Critical Thinking and Academic Work

Scholar Year: 2022/2023 - 1S

Code: OP0084    Acronym: PCTA
Section/Department: Social Sciences and Education


Acronym N. of students Study Plan Curricular year ECTS Contact hours Total Time
ANIM Study Plan 5,0 60 135,0
LAS 15 Study Plan 5,0 60 135,0
LGP 6 Study Plan 5,0 60 135,0

Teaching weeks: 15


Ana Luísa Rebelo de Oliveira PiresHead
João Vitor TorresHead

Weekly workload

Hours/week T TP P PL L TC E OT OT/PL TPL O S
Type of classes


Type Teacher Classes Hours
Contact hours Totals 1 4,00
Sílvia Couvaneiro   4,00

Teaching language


Intended learning outcomes (Knowledges, skills and competencies to be developed by the students)

This course is intended that the students:
. Broaden the thematic horizons which usually affect their daily lives and treat the reflected and critically;
. Identify, analyze and criticize the information and recognize the credibility of sources;
. Justify the conceptual choices made and recognize the possibility of other approaches;
. Use and apply carefully, either conceptual or formally, this knowledge / knowledge;
. Use technologies in supporting the creative and formal activities text production.
. Produce texts with academic characteristics, both in terms of content, whether its questioning, still on respect for structure required for such work.


This being primarily methodological UC, the thematic content will be flexible and adjusted to the characteristics of the groups, presenting as a means to develop ways of thinking of a questioningly, problem-solving, critical, organized and structured. For this, will be explored the following aspects:

- Interpretation of theoretical texts and exploration of the messages conveyed in them;
- Seizure of concepts;
- Arguments and questioning;
- Summaries, abstracts and keywords;
- Content, structure and format of an academic text;
- Online scientific libraries and their use to support the formulation of new issues arising from previous critical analysis;
- Automatic construction Potentials indexes and abstracts;
- Management of references to use of the word processor;
- Interpretation and graphing;
- Plagiarism and copyright.

Demonstration of the syllabus coherence with the UC intended learning outcomes

Since the objectives of this course are characterized by accentuation of the methodological aspects of access, control, ownership and construction of knowledge, the thematic and program content constitute as learning challenges and organize themselves as mediators of this process. These themes will be explored using the conventional media (newspapers, television, etc.) but also digital and will lead to the production of documents in digital format, fulfilling the formalization of academic work. To collect information will be encouraged to use scientific repositories and online libraries (B-ON RCAAP, etc.) as well as databases and relevant information portals (INE PORDATA, etc.).

Teaching methodologies

It is intended to be a UC with a strong focus on developing part by learning strategies of / the students, and the teaching team will position itself as a mobilizing feature of both the sources of research or the construction of collection tools and critical analysis of information for the individual and collective production of knowledge.
Depending on the type of work suggested the / the students will research either individually or in pairs, and there is also room for individual productions, in couple or collective in the group / class. Group work will be supported by online production environments, whether they constitute a learning management platforms (LMS) or online hosting environments (iCloud).

Demonstration of the teaching methodologies coherence with the curricular unit's intended learning outcomes

The use of outreach work among teachers and students, which are required to develop small projects, sets up a mode of continuous learning where challenge and achievement are linked, allowing autonomy to students and demanding cooperation and sense of responsibility in meeting the tasks.

Assessment methodologies and evidences

The evaluation process will be continued, focusing on building a portfolio of learning, supported by a blog. .
The students build various products that contribute with equal weight to the learning dossier. For this evaluation will be the active participation of / students during the semester and a final individual reflection still counted. The distribution of the final evaluation will be,
Learning Dossier - 70%
individual final thought - 15%
Active participation of the sessions - 15%
In case of failure in the continuous evaluation or not attend classes, the / the students can take.

Attendance system

They are included in this continuous evaluation process students who attend at least 70% of classes


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