LUP-80812 BSc Thesis Spatial Planning


Credits 12.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. WGM van der Knaap
Lecturer(s)scientific staff Land Use Planning
Examiner(s)prof. dr. AJJ van der Valk

Language of instruction:

Dutch and/or english

Assumed knowledge on:

Students should have actively attended all study activities of YRM-21306 Research Methodology for Human Environment Interactions.


The Bachelor thesis is the completion of the Bachelor program. The thesis effectively involves research-based learning on the basis of a societal problem which students can choose themselves. The chosen problem should meet with the required complexity for BSc-level and enable students to demonstrate not only BSc-level competences with regard to their academic knowledge and skills, but also that they can independently conduct the necessary preliminary study and bring it to a satisfactory conclusion. If students successfully pass the Bachelor Thesis they have proven to be ready for the Master Program.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- distinguish different planning theories, approaches and practices;
- represent scenarios of the future spatial organization, is familiar with different types of planning processes and can distinguish different planning methods;
- present the results of a planning and/or research process both visually, orally and in text;
- carry out a descriptive and critical analysis of the physical and social dimensions of the development of the landscape under the influence of natural and cultural processes;
- value the ethical implications of planning and design interventions in relation to themes as gender, equity, multiculturalism and sustainability;
- execute a landscape research under supervision, formulate a research proposal, extract research questions from planning practice and execute a literature review;
- give evidence of scientific curiosity and pro-activity;
- express an opinion, and has a critical attitude and is able to reflect on personal thinking and action;
- work according to planning and is reliable, honest and incorruptible both in individual and group work.


The course consists of three parts:
- formulate a research or project proposal, including personal learning objectives;
- conduct the research;
- reflect on the research process, the results, the own disciplinary approach and the personal learning objectives.


The programme uses a standard evaluation form for the assessment of the bachelor thesis.
Criteria for the assessment are:
- research competencies (45%);
- report (45%);
- presentation (5%);
- and final discussion (5%).
The thesis work is always graded by two assessors. Both assessors are present during the presentation and the final discussion of the thesis. The examiner is not personally involved in the thesis supervision and secures the reliability of the assessment.
The final report and the reflection report should be handed in not later than 8 weeks (based upon full-time work on the thesis) after the start of the thesis. If the final work is assessed insufficiently (5 or lower) the student has one opportunity to improve it. If this version is again insufficient the BSc Thesis has to be done again in a new period.


Verschuren, P.; Doorewaard, H. Designing a research project. 1999. Utrecht, NL: LEMMA, 1999. ISBN 9051893833; BIB/980065. 215 p.

Compulsory for: BLPLandscape Architecture and PlanningBScB: Spatial Planning6WD