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Course details

This course introduces the principles, procedures, and ethics that are fundamental to scientific research. Through a modular approach, this course will introduce the following qualitative and quantitative research methodologies: surveys, experimental, field data, case studies, and numerical. Topics within each module will include scientific approaches for developing research design including literature review, data gathering, measurement strategies and the use of analytical software, statistical analysis of data, and presentation of findings. Various information resources relevant to the building science field will be explored including database searches, journal publications, conference papers, and other technical publications. After taking this course, students will be expected to understand the structure of scientific research as well as critically compare and contrast the different research methodologies with other students in the course. Students will also be expected to communicate their findings clearly and concisely through written assignments, a research report, and class presentations.


  • No prerequisites are required for this course.





Course offerings

Fall 2022

Below is one offering of BSCI 9050 for the Fall 2022 term.

CRN 38569


Thu Sep 08 - Thu Dec 08 (15 weeks)

  • 15 weeks
  • CRN 38569
  • $1704.17
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 08 - Dec 08 Thu 14:30 - 17:45 Burnaby NE01 Rm. 287

Olga Petrov

Course outline




Important information
  1. Departmental approval needed
  2. Please contact Program Assistant, at for approval to register for this course. Please include your A#. No class Nov. 11

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Explain the fundamental elements of scientific research and analysis.
  • Identify the distinguishing characteristics of five key quantitative and qualitative research methods and critically evaluate their benefits and limitations.
  • Evaluate the appropriateness of research methodologies based on practical constraints and validity of each approach.
  • Outline and define the key elements of research design including literature review, data gathering, measurement and verification, statistical analysis, and presentation of findings.
  • Use analytical software to explore various databases and information sources.
  • Critically evaluate published research based on industry relevance and significance.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the elements of clear and concise communication of complex thought, both written and verbal.
  • Deliver verbal presentations communicating complex information in a clear and succinct manner.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work with autonomy and self-direction to develop a research report, using the research skills covered in this course and applying best practices in written communication.

Effective as of Fall 2021

Related Programs

Research Methods (BSCI 9050) is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Construction and the Environment

  1. Building Engineering/Building Science
    Master of Applied Science Full-time/Part-time
  2. Building Science
    Master of Engineering Full-time/Part-time


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