Quantitative Methods in Geography
- quantitative geography
- types of data a levels of measurement
- measurement and collection of data
- Visualization of data
- tables, graphs and maps
- Descriptive statistics
- central tendency
- Spatial data analysis
- areal and point data
- directional statistics
- geographic centres
- point pattern analysis
- Probability theory and distributions
- random variables
- discrete probability distributions
- continuous probability distributions
- Sampling and populations
- types of samples
- sources of error
- sampling distributions
- geographic sampling
- Parametric inferential statistics
- Central Limit Theorem
- hypothesis testing
- confidence intervals
- statistical significance
- Nonparametric statistics
- comparison of parametric and nonparametric tests
- Chi-Square tests
- Pearson’s product-moment correlation coefficient
- nonparametric correlation coefficients
- spatial autocorrelation
- simple linear regression model
- goodness of fit
- assumptions of linear regression
- non-linear regression models
- multiple regression analysis
- Analysis of Variance (ANOVA)
- Time series analysis
- characteristics of time series
- data homogeneity
The course will employ a variety of instructional methods to accomplish its objectives, including some of the following: lecture, labs, observation, analysis and interpretation of geographic data, multimedia, individual and/or team projects and small group discussions.
Assessment will be based on course objectives and will be carried out in accordance with the Douglas College Evaluation Policy. The instructor will provide a written course outline with specific evaluation criteria during the first week of classes.
Evaluation will include some of the following:
- Laboratory assignments with a combined value of up to 50%.
- Multiple choice and short answer exams with a combined value of up to 50%.
- A term project with a value of up to 25%.
An example of a possible evaluation scheme would be:
At the conclusion of the course, the successful student will be able to:
- Explain the role of quantitative information in geographic research and applications.
- Demonstrate an understanding of descriptive statistics and regression methods as they apply to problem solving in Geography.
- Perform data manipulation, statistical calculations and graphical presentation by hand, and using computer spreadsheets or statistical software (e.g. Excel, SPSS).
- Evaluate the roles of probability theory and sampling distributions in drawing inferences about populations based on samples.
- Identify when and where statistical procedures are appropriate.
Texts will be updated periodically. Typical examples are:
- Haan, M. and Godley, J. (2017). An Introduction to Statistics for Canadian Social Scientists. Oxford.
- Harris, R. and C. Jarvis (2011). Statistics for Geography and Environmental Science. Pearson.
- Rogerson, P.A. (2010). Statistical Methods for Geography: A Student's Guide. Sage.
- Shafer, D.S. and Z. Zhang (2012). Beginning Statistics. Open source textbook: http://2012books.lardbucket.org/
Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.
These are for current course guidelines only. For a full list of archived courses please see https://www.bctransferguide.ca
|Institution||Transfer Details for GEOG 2251|
|Athabasca University (AU)||AU MGSC 2XX (3)|
|Camosun College (CAMO)||CAMO GEOG 216 (4)|
|Capilano University (CAPU)||CAPU GEOG 2XX (3)|
|Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU)||KPU GEOG 2390 (3)|
|Langara College (LANG)||LANG GEOG 2XXX (3)|
|Simon Fraser University (SFU)||SFU GEOG 251 (3)|
|Thompson Rivers University (TRU)||TRU GEOG 2700 (3)|
|Trinity Western University (TWU)||TWU GEOG 2XX (3)|
|University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO)||UBCO GEOG 271 (3)|
|University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV)||UBCV GEOG 2nd (3)|
|University of Northern BC (UNBC)||UNBC STAT 240 (3)|
|University of the Fraser Valley (UFV)||UFV GEOG 252 (3)|
|University of Victoria (UVIC)||UVIC GEOG 226 (1.5)|
|Vancouver Island University (VIU)||VIU GEOG 221 (3)|