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Faculty of Engineering, Department of Informatics Engineering

Porto, Portugal
Information Systems

Summary

Mission

The Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto - FEUP - is an institution for the creation, transmission and dissemination of knowledge, technology and culture in engineering. One of the main aims is to prepare students to pursue the engineering profession at an international level, supported by Research and Development of excellence, contemplating the strands scientific, technical, ethical and cultural.

 

Vision

FEUP is and will increasingly be an alive campus and a source of inspiration for a technical and scientific increase and civic and cultural development of all students who seek it.

FEUP will also be a key asset, and therefore rigorous, proactive and demanding, for the purposes of the University of Porto and Portugal's development in achieving this goal always postponed the European convergence.

FEUP intends to use its quality, inspiring well-being, pro-activity and ambition to do more and better, in the pursuit of mission objectives, production and transfer of knowledge to the society.

Master Programs

Learning Informatics and Computation Engineering at FEUP was conceived as requiring a full five years integrated cycle of education, training and apprenticeship. This integrated cycle matches the implementation of the 1st and 2nd cycles of the Bologna Process and immediately confers the Master of Science academic degree.

The Integrated Master in Informatics and Computation Engineering (MIEIC) formally aims to achieve the following general goals:

  • to provide a solid base of scientific and engineering education, essential for interacting with other engineering specialties, and supporting a superior professional practice
  • to provide a solid and specialized training and education, allowing the conception, specification, design and implementation of products, processes and services, based on computers, computations and information technologies
  • to stimulate the acquisition and training of soft skills like creative attitudes and capabilities, critical mind, leadership and team work
  • to stimulate the entrepreneurship and innovation spirit, risk assessment and opportunity exploitation
  • to provide process management learning, stimulating quality and productivity increase and resource optimization
  • to provide the required training and learning for granting the professional title of Engineer by the Portuguese professional engineering association (Ordem dos Engenheiros).

At the end of the first three years (1st cycle) the students will acquire a solid base instruction comprising not only the essential scientific and engineering skills, but also a wideband fundamental knowledge in several domains of informatics, although not specialized. This first step can be understood mainly as a mobility level to and from other national and european schools.

At the five years integrated cycle conclusion the graduated students will exhibit an advanced instruction in Informatics and Computation Engineering, comprising a specialization area or a deep broader range of interests. In the last two years the student has an extensive subject offer, individually configurable.

At present possible specializations include:

  • Software Engineering and Information Systems (divided in two sub areas with the same name)
  • Networks and Information Technologies (divided in Internet Technologies and Information Infrastructures sub areas)
  • Intelligent Systems and Multimedia (divided in two sub areas with the same name)
Career opportunities

Considering the multiple job functions and career opportunities open to MIEIC graduates we can mention the following:

  • Information systems architecture design and conception
  • Administration and management of informatics systems or centers
  • Design and development of systems and applications
  • Informatics projects management
  • Consultancy and auditing
  • Research and technological development

Typical FEUP Informatics Engineers employers include:

  • Software development enterprises
  • Information services providers
  • Banks, finance and insurance companies
  • Companies with their own information centers such as transports, distribution, logistics, etc
  • Research and development institutions

The Master in Information Science is a joint initiative of the Engineering (FEUP) and Humanities (FLUP) faculties and aims at deepening the knowledge and competences of Information Science graduates towards a professional specialization as well as envisaging a research career.
 It also enables graduates from other scientific areas who got approved in at least 30 ECTS credits, corresponding to a minor in an area relevant for Information Science (for instance, Information Management, Archivistic, Library Science), to develop competences towards a professional career in the area of information organization and management.

The MCI study plan takes into consideration the competences defined by the "Dublin Descriptors" for the master level and pursues the following goals:

  • prepare for employability, ensuring that master graduates (Bologna second cycle) are able to exercise a profession, which core is in general the ability to select, organize, manage, and preserve information which may be used for several purposes, no matter its format or support;
  • educate for a professional activity that may take place in all kinds of libraries, archives, documentation or information centres, as well as in the context of many organizations where the professional acts as an information manager, a content manager or an information analyst;
  • produce a professional able to apply knowledge, to solve problems in new or unknown environments and in the scope of generic and multidisciplinary contexts, to assess situations, to develop analysis and synthesis studies, to comunicate the conclusions to specialised and generic audiences, to be autonomous and independent in action, and to develop applied research projects in the Information Science area.

More concretely, the competences to be acquired through this 2nd cycle of studies in Information Science can be defined as follows:

  1. Know the nature of information, its various production modes, its lyfe cycle, and the legal and ethic aspects of its access and use, irrespective of its recording media.
  2. Dominate well the theoretic and methodological principles for planning, organizing and evaluating information systems and services, while being aware of the information policy defined for the context where the activity is being carried.
  3. Dominate well the principles of selection, acquisition, organization, representation, retrieval, preservation, access, and use of information.
  4. Dominate the information and communication technologies.

It is thus expected that the Information Science master be able to:

  • organize, manage, and evaluate information systems and services;
  • design information management processes along its lyfe cycle;
  • be proficient in manipulatiing technologies;
  • soundly apply assessment techniques to information sources and resources;
  • conduct audits, perform expert analysis and act as information consultant for the most diverse organizations.

The Master in Multimedia provides specific training to develop both creative and technological skills in order to solve the challenges that the creative and cultural industries face in an increasing competitive and global market.

For this purpose this master program has the following goals:

  • To provide solid scientific training, essential to a professional practice in the scientific fields of Communication Sciences, Visual Arts, Economy and Business Administration, Communication Technology, Education Technology and Musical Technology.
  • To provide solid professional training that enables the conception, project and development of products, processes and services based on Multimedia Technology, offering the possibility of four main specialization areas: Technology, Arts and Culture, Education, Interactive Music and Sound Design.
  • To promote the development of non-technical skills, such as the development of creative skills, team work and leadership.
  • To promote the acquisition of an entrepreneurship attitude, risk evaluation and creative opportunity recognition and exploitation.


This master programme is promoted by the five faculties and is organised according to the Bologna Process Agreements, taking into account both its global aims and pedagogical modifications. 
It provides specific training for a broad set of backgrounds in four specializations:

  • Arts and Culture: Provides skills to understand the articulations of contemporary media, information technology and design for cultural and artistic production, recognizing areas of opportunity for the development of new practices, methods or media.
  • Education: Provides skills to understand information technology and design for the production of multimedia materials for use in educational contexts and the use of advanced means of communication for the promotion of learning communities.
  • Interactive Music and Sound Design: Provides skills to develop advanced work in the area of interactive musical systems, including design, creation, and operation of these systems in various application contexts, including (but not limited to) games, interactive installations and other applications. Develops the ability to develop advanced work in the area of sound design for film or other audio-visual solutions, as well as digital games.
  • Technologies: Provides skills to design and implement systems and multimedia applications and to innovate in the design of new products, processes and services based on emerging technologies.

This master programme also aims to develop skills in media, strengthening not only students’ acquired knowledge during their first-cycle of studies, but also the discussion of different knowledge between multidisciplinary teams, which are constituted in the course units and workshops. 
Taking part of a master programme with this configuration is the most adequate choice regarding the development of dissertations, specialization and research of multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary projects, since the teaching staff is composed by professors of the five faculties.

PhD Programs

This is a joint program between the University of Porto and The New University of Lisbon. with the support of the University of Texas at Austin, aiming at specialized training in digital media. 

The recent development of new applications in the area of digital media such as videogames, interactive content on the Web, interactive TV, video-on-demand, new educational software with high impact among the young generations and, more recently, the appearance of information, marketing and leisure content in mobile devices, demonstrate how important is the research on these new types of content and their close relationship with the technologies and their application. It is now very clear that universities must contribute through the creation of professionals in these areas at all levels, including the doctoral level. The final aim of the program is to train researchers, university teachers and innovation leaders in fundamental and applied areas associated with Digital Media. 

Typical duration of the program is 4 years full time (240ECTS), including 1 year of courses and the three following years of research. The course is organized in the following specializations: (1) audiovisual and interactive content creation, (2) Technology, (3) Industry, public and Markets. At UP the course will be based in the Faculty of Engineering, actively involving the Faculties of Humanities, Fine Arts, Economics and Sciences.

New rules, coming out the "Bologna Declaration", leading to better compatibility and comparability of the European University degrees, as well as EU students mobility, presented a new challenge for creating Doctoral (PhD) Programs in Informatics.

Informatics Engineering is seen as a broad Body of Knowledge encompassing several aspects of Computing Engineering, Information Systems and Computer Science contributing to the Conceptualization, Specification, Implementation, Validation, Maintenance and Integration of Computer-based Systems.

The main objective of this Doctoral Program (ProDEI) is to promote excellence in the Applied Research in Informatics, including theoretical aspects behind the modeling and project stages of Computer-based Systems.

ProDEI Organization:

  • Classes corresponding to 60 Credit Units (ECTS-European Credit Transfer System). Typically one Year
  • Research work corresponding to 120 ECTS. Typically longer than two years.

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