Building Technology Research Methodology

Research is a way to generate new insights and new concepts for design in a systematic way. Einstein once said: ‘If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?’ Research is exploring new realms and finding answers beyond the state of the art. It is the cornerstone on which all progress in our modern society is founded. Methodology shows us the way how to conduct research in a systematic and reliable way. In the course research methodology for building technology you will learn how to set-up a technical-scientific research framework for experimental research, simulations, surveys, case studies and research by design; and how to consistently and coherently report the results of such research.

Fit for whom?
The course is an introduction to research methods that are common within Building Technology: experiment (such as measuring and simulation), surveys, case studies and research through design. It is mandatory for all BT students. In principle, the course is a component of BuckyLab in MSc1. This is partly reflected in the assignment that the students have to make. This assignment is to write a research proposal on a test problem that students have encountered in the course BuckyLab. But basically the choice of the topic is free. A PhD student could work on his own research proposal. The practicals (measuring, simulation and data analysis) and classes can also be followed by PhD candidates.

First, the examples and topics that will be covered during this course are heavily based on construction technology, or more generally technical-scientific empirical research. This means that the course is suitable for doctoral students in the department of AE + T and perhaps less for other candidates unless their subject has strong links with Building Technology research. Furthermore, because it is an introductory course in research methods, it is especially suitable for PhD students just starting. The final assignment on which the mark is based, is writing a research proposal. If a candidate already has written a research proposal, this assignment does not have much added value.

In principle, candidates can follow the regular course: thus the same final task but with their own subject and a research proposal adapted to the format required for the Go / No-Go.

Course data

MSc track

Course code

quarter 1 and 3

one quarter (9 weeks)

Course load
4 hours per week

ECTS = GS credits

Martin Tenpierik

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