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1433M-04 Psychology of Education: Learning (4 credits)

This course provides an overview of psychology of education, focusing on learning. It identifies and critically analyses different conceptions of learning, such as Pavlov’s, Piaget’s and Vygotsky’s, demonstrating their importance for the field of education. It also examines attention, memory and motivation theories and how these might impinge on learning. The various topics are approached theoretically but there will be continuous reference to a number of practical studies and laboratory experiments demonstrating the impact that all these theories had on learning and the field of education.

2211F-04 Human Rights and Social Issues (4 credits)

Study of the social and historical construction of Human Rights at the international context and in Brazil. International Protective Human Rights System, Brazilian Protective System. Analysis of the role of the State and Social Policies in the configuration of the Brazilian Protective Human Rights System.

2325G-02 Digital Culture (2 credits)

Introduction to the concepts and elements of digital culture applied to the communications field. Involves the study of the foundations, principles and logics of the scenario that led to the development of digitalization of media, the internet, and the context of network communication.

2541U-04 Project Management (4 credits)

It deals to understand the five Project Management Process Groups (Initiating, Planning, Executing, Monitoring and Controlling, and Closing) to enhance overall knowledge of project in any organization. Also, understand how to integrate the 10 knowledge area processes, tools and techniques to perform any kind of project. Concepts include stakeholder, scope, quality, time, cost, human resource, communication, risk, procurement and project integration management.   • 2541V-04 Corporate Strategy (4 credits) it deals with the elaboration of the strategic planning from an detailed analysis of the environment and internal factors of the organization, considering the limitations and advantages of the models considered by the main authors, and using the predominant tools of ambient analysis and implementation for this end.

12286-02 Creative Writing (2 credits)

Creative Writing is an English, Literature and Creative Writing class pack. We’ll discuss grammar, read important authors, play writing games and more, with a focus on experimenting, being creative and learning by immersing ourselves in the language and the art of writing. Intermediary knowledge of English (reading and writing) is required.

24188-02 Philosophy of Law (2 credits)

Object and method. Ethical foundations of Law. The political dimension of Law. The Law in the perspective of the theory of Justice.

24652-02 Criminology and Social Control (2 credits)

This course aims to provide to the student training and workup critical criminological studies in its various approaches (sociological, legal, anthropological, psychological), with emphasis on contemporary criminological debate. It also aims to point out the influence of criminological theories in political movements and in modern theories of crime and criminal law. Therefore, it aims to discuss the social production of crime and forms of administration of criminal justice, as well as analyze the situation of public security, the Judiciary and violent urban crime in Brazilian society, according to the main criminological theories.

242BQ-04 Business Law II - Corporations (4 credits)

The course aims at providing students with an overview of Corporate Law and Negotiable Instruments foreseen under Brazilian legislation. It emphasizes the main aspects of Business Companies, Stock Market and all the main types of Negotiable Instruments, such as drafts and notes.The main objective of the course is to provide students with the concepts of Corporate Law and Negotiable Instruments, developing an understanding of the basic structure of Business Companies and how the Stock Market works, as well as the Government role in regulating this market. It also aims to present a general overview of the several negotiable instruments foreseen under Brazilian legislation.

24590-04 Alternative Dispute Resolution (4 credits)

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) techniques – such as mediation, arbitration and conciliation – offer faster and more efficient solutions to many types of controversies. State courts’ delay to resolve some conflicts is often criticized and that is precisely what ADR aims to avoid. The course provides students with a better comprehension of the access to justice as a fundamental right and the role of ADR techniques as means to achieve it.

4611J-04 Digital Entrepreneurship (4 credits)

This course presents the main concepts an entrepreneur should know in order to start a digital business and covers all the major steps that must be undertaken to validate a business idea as quickly as possible.

Bioprocess Engineering (4 credits)

Introduction to Biotechnology and Bioprocess Engineering. Major products of biological processing. Steps in Bioprocess development. The Biorefinery. Microbial growth Kinetics. Media sterilization. Choosing the Cultivation Method. Batch Cultivations. FedBatch and Continuous cultivations. Immobilized Cell Systems. Solid-state Fermentations. Overview of methods for online and offline monitoring of bioreactors. Bioprocess separation techniques. Recombinant DNA technology (molecular biology).

Image Processing and Machine Vision (4 credits)

To introduce the students to the fundamentals of Image Processing, such as the technology involved in image acquisition, filtering, etc.  Introduce students to image understanding concepts which form the basis of Computer/Machine Vision field. Provide the students with essential knowledge about the main themes, so that in the future the students will be able to readily apply their knowledge in industry or research or further enhance it by self-study.

Modelling for 3D Printing (2 credits)

Generation of computer models, Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Reverse Engineering (RE). Conversion of computer models into physical objects (Rapid Prototyping – RP), Solid Freeform Fabrication – SFF for 3D printing.

Multimedia I: Speech and Audio Processing (4 credits)

Introduce the students to principles in processing speech and audio signals by human/computer. Introduce various speech and audio technologies. This field has potential applications for human-machine interaction using spoken language, portable/wearable technologies, vehicle/avionics, etc. Content: A/D Conversion, Frequency analysis, Acoustics, Human hearing, Speech Production, Phonetics, Speech Recognition.

Multimedia II: Music Technology (4 credits)

To introduce the students to the electronic technology used in the production, recording and performance of music. This discipline covers Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) and the advent of virtual studios, for recording music, and the generation of electronic music in the form of synthesis and sampling techniques (synthesisers). Content: Audio Signal, Recording, Mixers, Effects, MIDI and Sequencers.

Urban Experiences (2 credits)

Considering a diversity of public urban spaces in Brazil, from colonial times, through modernist decades, up to contemporary interventions, a morpho/typological approach analysis and sensitive experience is proposed in order to recognize theoretical principles and design concepts from different periods of the city´s evolution.

Chemical Process Principles (4 credits)

Process flow diagrams and graphical symbols. Software for process flow diagrams. Unit system. Dimensional analysis. Industrial Stoichiometry. Mass balance. Fundamental thermodynamics concepts. Energy balance.

Thermodynamics I (4 credits)

Fundamental concepts. PVT properties and relationships of pure substances: diagrams, tables and equations of state. First and Second Law of Thermodynamics. Maxwell relations. Thermodynamic property calculations using equations of state for pure substances.

Simulated Flight Phraseology (3 credits)

Theoretical-practical discipline of the standard phraseology performed in an Aeronautical Communications Laboratory being used in communication with Air Traffic Control and the practice of piloting according to the Instrument Flight Rules (IFR). It uses networked computer stations, contextualizing the simulations of a real flight, in an air traffic control environment, providing the student with the improvement of the phraseology, through communication with people from different locations and countries concomitant with the act of flying.

2335R-04 Audio for Motion Images (4 credits)

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Portuguese Classes

PUCRS offers regular classes in Portuguese for Foreigners so that exchange students can improve their Portuguese language skills while studying in Brazil. For undergraduate and graduate students these classes are worth 4 credits (60 class hours) and deal with both language and cultural aspects.

Intensive Portuguese for Foreigners Course
PUCRS offers an intensive Portuguese language course for foreign students before they begin their undergraduate or graduate studies at the University.

Morning sessions are held at the language laboratories of the School of Letters. Afternoon sessions include cultural and informal social activities both within and outside the University. The goal is to help students adapt to PUCRS and the city of Porto Alegre and give them the opportunity to learn more about local culture.

Short Term

International students can come to PUCRS only to carry out research activities in the laboratories. The international students will be monitored by graduate students and will be supervised by PUCRS professors. Students do not need to speak Portuguese and they can choose the length of the exchange program.

How to proceed:
1. Choose which lab you would like to do research activities. The offers can be found in the Catalog of Research PUCRS

2. Fill in the application form for the Short Term Mobility Program in Documentation

3. The application form should be signed by the Academic Advisor of the home university. When there is a bilateral agreement between the two institutions, the form should also be signed by the International Student Exchange Coordinator of the home university.

4. The application form must be sent to mobilidade.in@pucrs.br not later than 90 days before the beginning of the exchange program.