ETE-25812 Environmental Project Studies


Credits 12.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Group work15
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. JTC Grotenhuis
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. C Oonk
dr. PA Tamas
SM Zijlstra MSc
VAM Toebes
dr. LM Kamminga
drs. LFP Pijnenburg
S Nasiri
dr. LAW Jans
Examiner(s)VAM Toebes
drs. LFP Pijnenburg
dr. PA Tamas

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

Students are expected to have obtained at least 60 credits of the first and second year of the BSc Environmental Sciences (BES) programme.


The main part of this course is a group-wise study of an environmental issue emanating from professional practice. Training in the methodology of research and in project management supports development of the research plan and execution of the research. Research skills are developed through practical training in information literacy and interviewing technique and subsequently applied in a research project that consists of literature research and/or empirical studies (measurements and interviews). Part of the course is devoted to the theory and ethics of science, particularly environmental science. Students are introduced to philosophical questions connected to current scientific practice. The research is reported according to the rules of scientific report writing. The course pays due attention to the societal aspects of the researched topics, the role of science, and the development of the students' own view on the approach of environmental problems.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- explain the characteristics of the three most important study designs of scientific research: the experiment, the cross-sectional design, and the case study;
- make informed choices among the lectured study designs for researching an environmental problem;
- collect information from bibliographic databases at a level that facilitates planning and executing environmental research;
- compose a questionnaire and conduct interviews as a way to support the collection of data in environmental research;
- draw up an executable research plan for an interdisciplinary subject;
- conduct research leading to strategies to address an environmental or sustainability issue;
- write a report about an interdisciplinary environmental study;
- explain the relationship of research to overarching environmental debates;
- clarify the societal context and impact of environmental research;
- outline values and interests that may affect the methodology and outcomes of research;
- express a personal view on the problem studied and the interventions proposed to address this problem;
- carry out research in a team.
In addition students are expected to able to demonstrate knowledge and insight about:
- different views on the rationality of modern sciences;
- the relationships between different types of sciences;
- views on the relationships between science, society and politics;
- various views on ethics and their consequences in practice.


Plenary lecture, class exercises, supervised group work, writing research proposal, research report, visits to the clients, writing essay, scientific writing and literature search.


Judgement based on written tests on research methodology, theory of science, and information literacy (30%), oral presentations and reports (70%).


Course reader, papers related to lectures topics, papers related to group work on a specific topic.

Compulsory for: BESEnvironmental SciencesBSc5MO, 6WD