FTE-25806 Research Methods Biosystems Engineering


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Group work70
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. A van 't Ooster
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. A van 't Ooster
Ir MSc A. Winkel
dr. ir. AJA Aarnink
dr. M Derks
drs. AMP Kersten
ir. J van de Zande
prof. dr. ir. PWG Groot Koerkamp
dr. PPJ van der Tol
K van Boheemen
dr. ir. NWM Ogink
dr. LAW Jans
Examiner(s)dr. ir. JW Hofstee

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

MAT-2AB06 Data Analysis Biosystems Engineering.


In this course the students will be made acquainted with academic research conduct. To obtain academic skills the students will learn by doing, to 1) analyse and define the problem, 2a) formulate the research objective with research questions, or 2b) formulate an hypothesis to explain a phenomenon and verify or falsify this hypothesis through experiments, 3) analyse data with accepted (statistical) methods, 4) present the result, 5) discuss the results in the light of the research questions and literature, 6) draw conclusion, and 7) report the research done. In feedback sessions and discussion the students are confronted with their conduct in research that is exactness of the work done, reliability and verifiability of the results, impartiality and independence.
The students will also learn the more advanced searching techniques and strategies for relevant (scientific) papers and other information. Therefore the contivuation of the first year module on information literacy is incorporated in the course. The course prepares the students for the BSc-thesis. 

The students will exercise the steps 1) to 7) in a small (pre-selected) research project they have to execute with a group. The students start with making a proposal for their project and subsequently execute this project as a team. They get feedback on each of the steps in the research process. They also have to incorporate the literature they collected in the Information literacy module in the course. The students have to prepare a well-structured report on their project according to scientific standards and present the results orally. Explicit attention in this course will be given to the different aspects of group work (team activities, organizational, social).

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of the course students are expected to be able to:
- perform an advanced literature and information search and present the results in a scientific way;
- analyse a problem, define the problem, formulate the objectives of the research, and derive the relevant research questions;
- write a project proposal;
- execute a small research project in the domain according to the project plan and in a proper way;
- discuss the outcomes of research in a proper way and draw relevant conclusions, showing they understand variability in input and output of a biosystem;
- prepare a well-structured report of the research project with a proper presentation of the outcomes of the research project by means of text, tables, figures, etc.;
- present the results in a proper way, both orally and in writing;
- reflect on research results, on code of conduct with respect to research ethics, and on group work and own functioning within a group.


- group work;
- practicals;
- tutorials;
- lectures.


The assessment consist of five parts:
- information literacy (pass):
-final presentation (10%);
- group assessment (10%);
- report - writing skills (20%);
- report - content (30%);
- process, contribution to discussion (30%).



Compulsory for: BATBiosystems EngineeringBSc6AF