ENVR E-495: Experimental Design and Research Methods

This course presents a framework, a process, and computational methods for conducting qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research in the fields of sustainability and environmental management. This course begins with a preliminary comparison of the three approaches, a review of the literature, an assessment of the use of theory in research approaches, and reflections regarding the importance of writing and ethics in scholarly research. The course then addresses the key elements of the process of research design as it pertains to the computational method applied: writing an introduction, stating a purpose for the study, identifying research questions and hypotheses, and advancing methods and procedures for data collection and analysis. At each step in this process, students are taken through qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods 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 or ecosystems, students with coursework in environmental management are welcome.


Jennifer Palacio







Course ID: 

15421; 25051

Research Areas: 

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