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


Credits 3.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Course coordinator(s)dr. J Verboom
Lecturer(s)dr. J Verboom
SE Nuñez Ramos
Examiner(s)dr. J Verboom

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Mandatory knowledge:

Before starting the course, students should have obtained a minimum of 102 credits, including all B1 courses, ESA-20506, and either SOC-21306 or AEW-31306.

Continuation courses:

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


This course is compulsory for BES students in Specialization B - Environmental Quality and Systems Analysis. It prepares students to write a Bachelors' thesis in environmental quality or environmental systems analysis. Through intensive discussions, students practice how to formulate a problem definition, identify researchable questions, critically review literature, and identify the state of the art and research gaps in a specific field. In doing so, students gain familiarity with the various steps required to execute an individual Bachelor-level thesis in environmental quality and environmental system analysis. Students can choose a topic and supervisor from either ESA or from any other group in the field of Environmental Quality, e.g. (but not limited to) AEW, MAQ, TOX, SOC or SBL. The course will culminate in students developing and presenting their BSc thesis proposal, which they will then take further with their own BSc thesis supervisor in the continuation course ESA-81309 BSc Thesis Environmental Quality and Systems Analysis Part 2.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- demonstrate knowledge of the various steps necessary to write a Bachelors' thesis in the fields of environmental quality and environmental systems analysis;
- strengthen skills in:
  - reading scholarly literature critically;
  - formulating a problem definition and identifying researchable questions in a specific area of interest;
  - identifying suitable methods with which to address potential research questions;
  - developing a work plan to execute a research project;
  - writing clearly and concisely;
  - presenting own research ideas.


Students individually select a subject and a supervisor, contact the supervisor, and reach an agreement on a thesis topic. This course is reading and writing-intensive, with two individual writing assignments: (a) a literature review on a topic of the student's choice (2-3 pages); and (b) a BSc thesis proposal (5-8 pages). The course also emphasizes an interactive classroom environment, in-class individual presentations of the writing assignments, and peer learning.


Examination is based on the quality of the research proposal as a preparation to the BSc thesis (see ESA-81309) and the presentation of this proposal. The assessment criteria are: clarity of research objective and research question(s), proposed research methodology, and clarity of the presentation. Students will receive a pass/fail grade.


A course guide is available.

Compulsory for: BESEnvironmental SciencesBScB: Spec. B - Environmental Quality and Systems Analysis5AF