Undergraduate Course: Quantitative Methods in Geography (GEGR09004)
|School||School of Geosciences
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course provides a further introduction to statistical methods in Geography using relevant example from across the discipline. Course work is designed to give students experience in using the methods to analyse real world data and thereby gain insights into their value and limitations.
Please note this is a core course for students on the Geography Degree Programmes, and Sustainable Development (Geography Pathway). This course is open to all university students, however priority will be given to the degree programmes listed here.
This course provides a further introduction to statistical methods in Geography using relevant example from across the discipline. Course work is designed to give students experience in using the methods to analyse real world data and thereby gain insights into their value and limitations.
Basic theory and methods will be discussed in the lectures, but there is also a strong emphasis on practical skills. The practical classes will provide experience in using SPSS, a powerful and widely-used package for statistical analysis.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2015/16, Available to all students (SV1)
||Block 2 (Sem 1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 10,
Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 6,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Nature of coursework will be assignments that will test your ability to apply the skills and tools introduced in lecture. The coursework will be for the most part numerical in nature, with some short-form answers.
Quantitative Project Work to a total of 2000 words.
||The practicals will take you through computer-based exercises that will be similar in nature to your assessments, with demonstrators standing by.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- demonstrate a broad, integrated knowledge and understanding of quantitative methods, their principles and appropriate application within Geography
- gain an appreciation of issues in the use of statistical methods for both descriptive and inferential purposes
- demonstrate a basic knowledge of the skills needed to carry out basic computer-based statistical analysis
- gain practical experience of a selection of the principal skills and a few of the specialised skills employed in this field
- demonstrate a critical understanding f the particular issues associated with the analysis of quantiative spatial data
|Most of the material will be available in the lecture notes.|
Modern Elementary Statistics (Freund and Perles, 12th Edition)
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Students will be able to demonstrate skills in the use of statistical methods and basic theory in Geography, as well as using SPSS software.
Students will also be able to demonstrate an ability to acquire and apply specialist knowledge.
Finally, students will be able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
|Course organiser||Dr Daniel Goldberg
Tel: (0131 6)50 2561
|Course secretary||Miss Sarah Mcallister
Tel: (0131 6)50 4917
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