Level of Study
Objectives and Content
The aim of the course is to introduce the main techniques of quantitative analysis employed by both physical- and human geographers, and to enable the students to use computer software in the analysis of quantitative data.
The course will cover methods that are commonly applied when analyzing quantitative data in geography. This includes descriptive statistics, probability distributions, hypothesis testing, correlation- and regression analysis, and an introduction to multivariate analysis.
A student who has completed the course should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:
- knows what quantitative data are, how they are collected, and how they can be applied
- has adequate knowledge about descriptive statistics
- possesses an overview of methods used to investigate the relationship between different types of variables and datasets
- has basic knowledge about multivariate analysis
- knows how to present data graphically
- can perform basic quantitative analysis using a relevant statistical software
- can perform basic hypothesis testing
- knows how to assess the significance of results from statistical analyses
- is familiar with the basic terms related to statistics and quantitative analysis
- is able to do an assessment of which statistical methods are most suitable for analyzing different types of data
Required Previous Knowledge
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
Access to the Course
The course is open for students at UiB.
Teaching and learning methods
- One 2-hour lecture a week, in total 5-6 lectures.
- One 2-hour data lab/seminar a week, in total 3-5 data labs/seminars.
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
3-5 compulsory assignments.
Approved assignments will be valid for the following four semesters.
Forms of Assessment
3 hours written exam
Update spring 2021: As part of the measures to limit the risk of corona infection the form of assessment will be an 4 hours home exam instead of 3 houres written exam
Assessment in teaching semester. New exam the following semester only for students who have valid document of absence.
A relevant package of statistical programs will be used in data labs.
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