ENVR E-495: Experimental Design and Research Methods

This course presents a framework and process for conducting qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research in the fields of sustainability and environmental management. The course begins with an overview of research approaches, an assessment of the use of theory in research approaches, and reflections regarding the importance of writing and ethics in scholarly research. Emphasis is placed on developing strategies for addressing the key elements of the process of research design. These include identifying a project of appropriate scope, conducting an efficient literature review, writing an introduction, stating a purpose for the study, developing research questions and hypotheses, and advancing methods and procedures for data collection and analysis. At each step in this process, students are taken through a variety of research design approaches, with illustrative examples of contemporary research in the applied field. While this course is designed for candidates in the Master of Liberal Arts, sustainability, students interested in pursuing research in the natural sciences are welcome.


Jennifer Palacio







Course ID: 

15421; 25051

Research Areas: 

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