Techniques and Methodology of Innovation and Research in Informatics

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Communication is a key factor in science and technology. Good peer communication is crucial for a successful career in research: reading published research, evaluating research submitted for publication, and writing in such a way that the results obtained become useful to the community. These tasks are not easy. This course focuses on them, and on a wide spectrum of related considerations about the professional life of the researcher.



  • Francisco Javier Larrosa Bondia ( )


  • Clara Poveda Cabanillas ( )
  • Mari Paz Linares Herreros ( )
  • Ruben Pocull Prous ( )
  • Ruth Iñigo Robles ( )

Hores setmanals

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Aprenentatge autònom


Generic Technical Competences


  • CG1 - Capability to apply the scientific method to study and analyse of phenomena and systems in any area of Computer Science, and in the conception, design and implementation of innovative and original solutions.
  • CG2 - Capability to lead, plan and supervise multidisciplinary teams.
  • CG4 - Capacity for general and technical management of research, development and innovation projects, in companies and technology centers in the field of Informatics Engineering.

Transversal Competences

Entrepreneurship and innovation

  • CTR1 - Capacity for knowing and understanding a business organization and the science that rules its activity, capability to understand the labour rules and the relationships between planning, industrial and commercial strategies, quality and profit. Capacity for developping creativity, entrepreneurship and innovation trend.

Sustainability and social commitment

  • CTR2 - Capability to know and understand the complexity of the typical economic and social phenomena of the welfare society. Capacity for being able to analyze and assess the social and environmental impact.

Information literacy

  • CTR4 - Capability to manage the acquisition, structuring, analysis and visualization of data and information in the area of informatics engineering, and critically assess the results of this effort.


  • CTR6 - Capacity for critical, logical and mathematical reasoning. Capability to solve problems in their area of study. Capacity for abstraction: the capability to create and use models that reflect real situations. Capability to design and implement simple experiments, and analyze and interpret their results. Capacity for analysis, synthesis and evaluation.


  1. Be aware of the Scientific Method, develop critical thinking, learn the process of writing a scientific paper, learn tools to help in the scientific process
    Related competences: CTR2, CTR4, CTR1, CTR6, CG1, CG2, CG4,


  1. The nature of scientific investigation: epistemological aspects.
    Different aspects: experimenting, prototypes, theoretical development.
    Information about results: structure of an article, publication in conferences vs. publication in journals, article taxonomy. Phases of a publication.
    Team work.
    Evaluation of results: revision process.
    Oral presentations: structure and difficulties. Help software.

Metodologia docent

Different types of activities, such as attending lessons, reading and studying additional material (articles and book chapters) to acquire complementary knowledge, and oral presentations, will be distributed within a total of 6 ECTS (180 work hours).

Mètode d'avaluació

The avaluation will be based on: essays, tests and public presentations



  • Pólya, G. How to Solve It: A New Aspect of Mathematical Method. Princeton University Press, 1945. - , , . ISBN: