YRM-21306 Research Methodology for Human Environment Interactions


Studiepunten 6.00

Individual Paper1
Independent study0
Course coordinator(s)dr. JV Meijering
Lecturer(s)dr. JV Meijering
dr. ir. AP Pauwelussen
Examiner(s)dr. JV Meijering
dr. JK Kampen

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

BIL: SLM-10806 Design in Land and Water Management 1; WRM-21312 Design in Land and Water Management 2.
BLP: LUP-13306 Theory and Methodology of Planning and Design and either LAR-25806 Studio Site Design or LUP-24306 Concepts and Approaches in Planning Practices.

Continuation courses:

BBN: PEN-80812: BSc Thesis Forest and Nature Conservation;
BIL: BSc Internship; BSc Thesis International Land and Water Management;
BLP: BSc Thesis Landscape Architecture or BSc Thesis Spatial Planning


Note: This course can not be combined in an individual programme with YRM-20306 Research Methods in Environmental Science.

In this course students learn how to write a proposal for a research project. In the domains of landscape architecture and planning, forest and nature conservation and land and water management, research projects inevitably touch on combinations of social and environmental sciences, and focus on ever-changing realities, policies and interventions, often requiring and combining different research strategies and methods for data collection. Starting from a practical or theoretical problem that needs to be solved, students first learn to formulate a research objective and appropriate research questions. Then they learn to design a research project according to research strategies such as the experimental design, the cross sectional design and the case study. Finally, following from these study designs, they develop a plan with an appropriate set of data collection methods for their research project. By the end of the course, students will be able to hand in a complete and detailed research proposal. During the course attention is also paid to sampling methods and methods of data collection, including qualitative methods such as participant observation and interviews.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:

- explain the difference between a conceptual and a technical research design and the steps in compiling them;
- apply the tools and criteria for formulating an appropriate research objective and corresponding research questions that guide the rest of the research design;
- apply the tools and criteria to operationalize the concepts in the research questions;
- explain the various study designs, including the experimental design, the cross-sectional design, the longitudinal design and the case study;
- apply the strategies for random and non-random sampling;
- apply and design methods of data collection, based on basic knowledge of interviewing techniques, questionnaire construction, observation techniques and content analysis;
- formulate coherently following from the conceptual design, a technical research design for their research project; feasible to carry out within the timeframe set for the appropriate BSc or MSc thesis;
- write a logical, coherent and understandable proposal for this research project in the given timeframe.


This course consists of:
- lectures;
- tutorials in which interactive learning takes place.
Part of the learning consists of receiving and processing feedback on students' research proposals provided by peers as well as lecturers.


The examination of the course consists of two separate parts:
- written exam (multiple choice);
- research proposal that has been written during the course.
The final mark for this course will be based on the written examination score (50%) and the score for the research proposal (50%).
Both the written exam and the research proposal will have to be valued at least a 5.5.


Kumar, R. (2019). Research Methodology. A step-by-step guide for beginners. Fifth edition. Sage, London. ISBN 978-1-5264-4989-4.

Verplicht voor: BLPLandscape Architecture and PlanningBSc4WD
BILInternational Land and Water ManagementBSc6WD
Keuze voor: BBNForest and Nature ConservationBSc1MO
MFNForest and Nature ConservationMSc1MO