General information

Subject type: Mandatory

Coordinator: Judith Turrión Prats

Trimester: Third term

Credits: 4

Teaching staff: 

Alex Araujo Batlle

Teaching languages

  • Catalan

Check the schedules of the different groups to know the language of teaching classes. Although the material can be in any of the three languages.


Basic skills
  • CB3. That students have the ability to gather and interpret relevant data (usually within their area of ​​study) to make judgments that include reflection on relevant social, scientific, or ethical issues.

  • CB4. That students can convey information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialized and non-specialized audiences.

Specific skills
  • CE15. Gather and interpret data to make judgments that include reflection on relevant business issues.

General competencies
  • CG2. Be able to generate ideas and solve problems, both individually and collectively.

Transversal competences
  • CT4. Master computer tools and their main applications for ordinary academic and professional activity.

  • CT1. Communicate properly orally and in writing in the two official languages ​​of Catalonia.

  • CT5. Master the main applications of computer tools and new technologies for ordinary academic activity.


This course aims to deepen the basics of the scientific method and provide students with the basic tools to work to design and execute a research project. On the other hand, improve your skills to use a series of instruments and tools that allow you to manage the different steps of the research process more efficiently and communicate your results more effectively: research tools and information management ; word processing and editing; organization and data processing; and presentation and communication of results.

Also, knowing and mastering the characteristics of the scientific method is of crucial importance in the business world: setting questions, carefully observing reality through the collection of data and verifiable facts, formulating and contrasting hypotheses, drawing conclusions and reformulating the problems and questions we ask ourselves is fundamental to the functioning of markets, companies, and organizations.

This subject has the following specific objectives:

  1. Provide students with a basic knowledge of the scientific method and a set of fundamental skills to apply it to their academic and professional activities.
  2. Convey the importance of the use of empirical data and databases and provide the basic tools to organize and present the information derived from this data in the form of diagrams, graphs, tables, etc. using the appropriate software.
  3. Develop useful communication skills for the presentation of the results of a research project, or any academic or professional work, from the design of the contents and materials used in a presentation, to the most effective strategies in oral communication for present ideas effectively and efficiently.

Learning outcomes

  • Turn an empirical problem into a research object and draw conclusions.
  • Solve problems through scientific methods.
  • Evaluate different resources for analysis.
  • Conduct research in scientific databases and critically analyze the usefulness of research results in the context of your work question
  • Present a synthesis of studies and information in an orderly manner and following a line of argument, so that useful conclusions can be drawn for the development of their own arguments and analysis.
  • Identify different ways of answering the research question and elaborate the design of the research based on the main methodologies and their adaptation to each type of question.
  • Understand the main decisions in the processes of data collection and analysis according to the type of research methodology.
  • Improve the communication of the results of empirical work, whether in reports, essays or research work.
  • Design and conduct oral and written presentations to convey information, ideas, problems, and solutions effectively.

Working methodology

Theoretical sessions       

MD1.Master class: Expository class sessions based on the teacher's explanation attended by all students enrolled in the subject

MD4. Video capsules: Resource in video format, which includes contents or demonstrations of the thematic axes of the subject. These capsules are integrated into the structure of the subject and serve students to review as many times as needed the ideas or proposals that the teacher needs to highlight in their classes.

Guided learning    

MD5. Seminars: Face-to-face format in small work groups. These are sessions linked to the face-to-face sessions of the subject that allow to offer a practical perspective of the subject and in which the participation of the student is key.

MD6. Discussions and forums: Face-to-face or online conversations, depending on the objectives pursued by the teacher responsible for the subject. The debates have a start and end date and are energized by the teacher

Autonomous learning

MD10. Research and critical reading of articles. Students start from a working hypothesis that they will develop, following the phases of the research methodology, including the critical reading of articles.

MD11. Non-face-to-face tutorials: for which the student will have telematic resources such as e-mail and virtual classroom resources.


This subject has methodological and digital resources to make possible its continuity in non-contact mode in the case of being necessary for reasons related to the Covid-19. In this way, the achievement of the same knowledge and skills that are specified in this teaching plan will be ensured.

The Tecnocampus will make available to teachers and students the digital tools needed to carry out the course, as well as guides and recommendations that facilitate adaptation to the non-contact mode.

The classroom (physics or virtual) it is a safe, free space of attitudes sexists, racists, homophobic, transphobic i discriminatory, ja be towards the students or towards the faculty. we trust that among all and all we can create a space sure on ens can to err i to learn sense having to suffer prejudice others.


Block 1. Research activity in the social sciences and sources of information

  1. Scientific research
  2. Sources of information
  3. Antecedents

Block 2. Academic Written Communication

  1. The formal registration
  2. Organization of written work
  3. Editing and presentation of formal documents
  4.  Other documents

Block 3. Academic Oral Communication

  1. Elements of communication
  2. Oral communication strategies
  3. Planning, design and execution of academic presentations.

Block 4. Quantitative and qualitative information: data collection

  1.  Quantitative Methodologies vs. qualitative
  2. Data collection
    • Quantitative methodology
    • Qualitative methodology
  3. Presentation of results

Learning activities

  • AF1. Theoretical sessions
  • AF2. Seminars
  • AF3. Work in group
  • AF4. Individual work
  • AF5. Personal study


Evaluation system

CONTINUOUS EVALUATION (40%). It encompasses class activities and deliveries of activities proposed throughout the course, including intermediate deliveries of project parts. 

Unable to recover. 

PROJECT (30%). In teams, a project will be proposed that will consist of carrying out a research proposal within the framework of the studies

It can be recovered. It is necessary to get a grade equal to or higher than 5 in the final delivery and in writing of the project to pass the subject.

If the project grade is less than 5, all members of the group must repeat it and resubmit it for recovery. 

FINAL EXAMINATION (30%). It will consist of a written test in which concepts worked on in the subject will be evaluated.

It can be recovered. It is necessary to take a mark in the exam equal to or higher than 5 to pass the subject.


RECOVERY. Students will take the exam if the mark of the exam and / or the project is less than 5 out of 10 points, respectively. Only students who have taken part in the regular call (that is, those who have previously done the work and the exam) will be able to take the exam.

Under no circumstances may students receive help from third parties for any course evaluation activity; and in case of occurrence the student will lose all the right to continue with the evaluations that are of the subject. The teacher will be able to summon the student to make the necessary clarifications in case of doubt about the originality of the activities.



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