Subject: Informatics and Data Analysis

Scientific Area:



80 Hours

Number of ECTS:




Overall objectives:

1 - Providing students with basic knowledge of exploratory data analysis, so that they may read or consult studies using statistics, prepare information and carry out studies in their future professional activities.
2 - Providing students with computer skills that will be useful to them in the elaboration of academic papers and in their future professional activities.
3 - Use a word processing application (Microsoft Word) to create various types of documents, change the presentation of existing documents and to use the application to produce web pages and as a tool for mailing.
4 - Create good public presentations using the Microsoft PowerPoint.
5 - Use a spreadsheet (Microsoft Excel) as a tool to calculate, to work with data and to create charts, providing the basis for moving to advanced use.
6 - Create databases using Access and to be able to manipulate data in tables, queries and forms, allowing to work effectively with data.


1 - Computers and data analysis. Measures of location, of spread and shape. Graphical representation for univariate and for bivariate data.
2 - Text formatting. Creating Tables. Inserting numbered lists and brands. Inserting pictures into documents. Associating hyperlinks. Defining and using styles. Table of contents. Creating documents to be used in Web pages.
3 - Structure of a presentation. Browsing a presentation. Placing objects, text boxes, tables and charts. Inserting SmartArt and diagrams, clip art, images and photo album. Inserting video and áudio. Creating Links. Creating a PowerPoint Show file (*.ppsx). Publishing on the Web. Creating manual notes for the presenter.
4 - Structure of a worksheet. Using functions. Using relative references, absolute, and mixed. Managing multiple sheets. Adding and Formating Graphics. Data Processing. Dynamic reports (Pivot Tables).
5 - Understanding databases. Structure of an Access database and its objects.


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Assesssment methods and criteria:

Classification Type: Quantitativa (0-20)

Evaluation Methodology:
Classes will include some theoretical stages, where an introduction or revising of the various contents will be done. A more practical approach will be chosen in which students will have to use the computer to solve the exercises / problems proposed. There will be two practical evaluations: a test of exploratory data analysis with SPSS, which will have a 50% weight in the final assessment, and one practical test about Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Access, which will have50 % weight in the final assessment of the course.

Subject Leader:

Sílvio Filipe Velosa