ESA-81309 BSc Thesis Environmental Quality and Systems Analysis Part 2


Credits 9.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Course coordinator(s)prof. dr. LG Hein
Lecturer(s)prof. dr. LG Hein
and others
Examiner(s)prof. dr. LG Hein
prof. dr. M Scheffer
prof. dr. AA Koelmans
prof. dr. WH van Riemsdijk
prof. dr. L Brussaard
prof. dr. MC Krol
prof. dr. R Leemans
prof. dr. AJ Murk
prof. dr. C Kroeze

Language of instruction:

Dutch and/or English

Mandatory knowledge:

ESA-81303 BSc Thesis Environmental Quality and Systems Analysis Part 1.

Continuation courses:

ESA-22806 Environmental Systems Analysis: Methods and ApplicationsESA-22806 (MSc) or ESA-23306 Introduction to Global Change (MSc).


During the bachelor thesis students will apply knowledge on environmental issues and environmental assessments and present the results of their analysis. Because of the complexity of environmental issues, environmental assessments need to be based on a systematic analysis of the problem at stake (as discussed during the course ESA-81303). Students will, individually, write a state-of-of-the-art summary paper on a relevant topic, on the basis of information from scientific literature or a short systems analysis. The topic will be selected by the student in collaboration with the course coordinator, and may focus on integrated environmental assessment as well as environmental quality (e.g. water soil or air pollution, or toxicology). The results will be presented in an oral presentation to other students and university staff, during a bachelors' seminar.

Learning outcomes:

After this course (individual assignment) students are expected to be able to:
- explore the background of a given research problem by critically reviewing scientific literature;
- perform research according to a project proposal;
- write a state-of the-art, well structured summary paper at the level of a scientific conference paper on an environmental issue, on the basis of information from scientific literature; using adequate wording and presenting results in a clear way using tables and figures;
- prepare and give a structured, clear and concise presentation on the results of the analysis at a conference attended by an audience with a general knowledge on environmental sciences.


Students write a paper, and prepare a symposium presentation of an integrated environmental assessment and present the results during the bachelors' seminar.


The examination of the BSc thesis is done on the basis of a Rubric.
- evaluation criteria that are considered include research skills (40%);
- quality of the writing (40%) and oral presentation including handling of questions during the BSc symposium (20%).
Grades are proposed by the daily supervisor of the BSc thesis student on the basis of the rubric. All grades are verified by the examiner.


A course guide is available.

Compulsory for: BESEnvironmental SciencesBScB: Environmental Quality and Systems Analysis6WD