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BSCI 9050 - Research Methods

Building Science Part-time Studies Course

School of Construction and the Environment

BCIT is planning for a substantial return to on-campus activity for the fall 2021 term as informed by BC Public Health Officer guidelines. Refer to each course listing for details.

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.





Fall 2021

Below is one offering of this course for the Fall 2021 term.

CRN 38569

Thu Sep 09 - Thu Dec 09 15 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 09 - Dec 09 Thu 14:00 - 17:00 BBY NE01 Rm. 285


Olga Petrov

Course Outline




  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

BSCI 9050 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Construction and the Environment

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


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