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BSCI 9050 - Research Methods

Building Science Part-time Studies Course

School of Construction and the Environment

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Course Details

This course introduces the issues, principles and procedures that are fundamental in scientific research. It introduces research methodologies and techniques for identifying research problems and goals. Topics include scientific approaches for developing research design including data gathering, literature survey, experimental designs, measurement strategies, statistical analysis of data, database searches, the use of available analytic software resources, and presentations of findings. Various information resources will be explored including emerging resources such as technical society publications and the internet. Students will be expected to understand and develop profiles of research approaches and share, compare and contrast them with other students in the course.



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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, the student will be able to:

  • Explain the fundamental elements of research, analysis and test methods.
  • Use appropriate terminology commonly applied in the professional research environment.
  • Identify the distinguishing characteristics of both quantitative and qualitative research methods and select the best research method approach under different real-world circumstances.
  • Use analytic software to search and explore various databases and information sources.
  • Plan, define and outline key elements of research design including problem definition, goal setting, experimental design, data gathering and analysis.
  • Evaluate appropriateness of research methodologies based on practical constraints and validity of the approach.
  • Conduct research projects with real significance and professional relevance to industry needs.
  • Suggest plan of action and alternative solutions based on research results.
  • Write a research report.

Effective as of Fall 2011

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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