Western University

Department of Geography

Geography 3210A: Quantitative Analysis in Geography

 

 

Lectures

Labs

Locations:

SSC 3006

SSC 1425

Day:

Tuesday

Tuesday

Hours:

4:30-6:30 PM

7:00-9:00 PM

 

Prerequisite: Geography 2210A/B

Antirequisite: All other senior level statistics courses numbered 2000 or above   

“Unless you have either the requisites for this course or written special permission from your Dean to enroll in it, you may be removed from this course and it will be deleted from your record. This decision may not be appealed. You will receive no adjustment to your fees in the event that you are dropped from a course for failing to have the necessary prerequisites.”

Instructor

Name: Jacek Malczewski

Contact information:

Office:        

SSC 2422   

E-mail:

jmalczew@uwo.ca

Phone:

611-2111 ext. 85030

Office hours:

Tue.  3:30 - 4:30pm

Wed. 9:30 - 10:30am

and by appointment

 

Teaching Assistant

Name: Jenny Tjhin

Contact information:

Office:        

SSC 1424   

E-mail:

jtjhin@uwo.ca

Office hours:

Tue. 3:30 - 4:30pm

and by appointment

Curse Syllabus

Course description: “Simple parametric and nonparametric statistical methods through multiple regression are introduced. Exploratory data analysis techniques are examined as a supplement to more traditional statistical methods. Geography specific techniques are also presented”.

Goal: To extend the knowledge gained in Geog 2210a/b regarding the nature of geographical data and the application of statistical techniques and computing systems to spatial analysis.

Attendance at lecture class is highly recommended. The course material is cumulative. You should review lectures and readings weekly (do not expect success if you only study and practice before exams!). Missing a single lecture may, therefore, be critical. It is the student’s responsibility to cover any material missed by failure to attend lectures.

Although mathematical detail is not emphasized, competence in simple mathematical notion and arithmetic manipulation are fundamental. Attendance at lecture class is optional, but highly recommended. Computations will be performed with computers or manually. SPSS will be the main computer program used in the course.

 

SCHEDULE OF CLASSES

Date

Lecture topic

Required readings

12/09/17

Introduction: course outline

Rogerson:

Chapter 1, pp. 1-25

19/09/17

Exploratory data analysis

Rogerson:

Chapter 2, pp. 26-38

26/09/17

No class (Field camps)

 

03/10/17

Parametric and non-parametric tests

Rogerson:

Chapter 3-4, 60-118

10/10/17

No class (Fall Reading Week)

17/10/17

Parametric and non-parametric tests (con.)

Rogerson:

Chapter 5-6, 119-204

24/10/17

Multiple regression

Rogerson:

Chapter 7-8, 205-251

31/10/17

Mid-term test

07/11/17

Multiple regression (con.)

Rogerson:

Chapter 9, 252-288

14/11/17

Descriptive spatial statistics

Rogerson:

Chapter 2, pp. 38-59

21/11/17

Spatial pattern analysis

Rogerson:

Chapter 10, 289-302

28/11/17

Spatial pattern analysis (con.)

 

05/12/17

Synthesis

 

TBA

Final exam

 

Course Materials

Required textbook: Rogerson, P. A. (2015) Statistical Methods for Geography: A Student's Guide. SAGE Publications. Fourth Edition. pp 396. Paperback ISBN: 978-1446295731 (The textbook is available in the BookStore)

The book’s companion Website: study.sagepub.com/rogerson4e

 

MARKS

Student #

Lab 1

Lab 2

Midterm*

250779308

89

90

84

250737814

81

80

80

250667904

73

78

62

250730303

70

-- 

55

250739281

79

78

94

250746835

72

77

67

250749377

76

83

70

250753099

75

 62

76

250755386

69

 51

89

250695840

83

83

80

250786265

84

82

85

250788687

81

86

70

250732026

75

85

83

250788962

81

81

91

250791167

84

79

42

250793622

66

70

53

250793815

81

86

51

250872123

83

82

87

250801491

90

 --

--

250812016

75

80

71

250813644

74

72

53

250836670

77

86

90

250785267

80

84

84

250839715

74

78

100

250839800

68

68

48

250840770

73

81

88

250844072

64

83

61

250857054

81

83

91

250870903

83

78

68

250838326

81

82

73

*including extra points

 

Methods of Evaluation

LAB SCHEDULE

Lab #

Section

Date

Topic

Due date

1

A

Sep. 19

Exploratory data analysis

Oct. 17

B

Oct. 3

Exploratory data analysis

Oct. 24

2

A

Oct. 17

Parametric and nonparametric tests

Oct. 31

B

Oct. 24

Parametric and nonparametric tests

Nov. 7

3

A

Oct. 31

Multiple regression

Nov. 21

B

Nov. 7

Multiple regression

Nov. 28

4

A

Nov. 21

Spatial statistics

Dec. 5

B

Nov. 28

Spatial statistics

Dec. 5

 

Attendance at labs is mandatory and absence will be penalised by deduction of 2% of the total course mark for each lab missed.

Each exercise will have a due date and should be handed in to your TA during the respective lab session. An assignment loses 10% of its total possible value for each day late. Assignments more than 5 days late will not be accepted. Medical and compassionate grounds, accomplished by suitable documentation, may be accepted as justification for late assignment submission. Labs must be stapled securely, and clearly labelled with your name and student number. Labs must be typed or hand-written legibly. Computations will be performed using SPSS Statistics and ArcGIS.

 

Your final grads will be based on composite performances for the following:

Mid-term Test (open-book, 60 min., Oct. 31, 2017)

35%

Final Exam (open-book, cumulative, TBA)

45%

Assignments (4 assignments at 5% each)               

20%

 

The test and exam are designed to assess individual competence in course material. The focus is on material covered in lectures and labs.

The mid-term test consists of a 60 min in-class evaluation using multiple-choice, short-answer questions, statistical calculations and interpretation of SPSS outputs.

A restricted open-book format applies; only a calculator, textbook and lecture notes can be used in the test and exam. The level and intensity of questions posed will reflect this facility. Checking formulae and tables is practical, but it will not be possible to look up answers to all questions in the available time. A calculatoris essentialfor the mid-term test and final exam.

In accordance with university policy, missed tests and exams cannot be made up except on written medical grounds and notification prior to test/exam date (see http://counselling.ssc.uwo.ca/procedures/examinations.asp ).

 

Additional Statements

Statement on Use of Electronic Devices

No electronic devices will be allowed during tests and examinations.

Statement on Academic Offences

“Scholastic offences are taken seriously and students are directed to read the appropriate policy, specifically, the definition of what constitutes a Scholastic Offence, at the following Web site: http://www.uwo.ca/univsec/pdf/academic_policies/appeals/scholastic_discipline_undergrad.pdf

 “All required papers may be subject to submission for textual similarity review to the commercial plagiarism detection software under license to the University for the detection of plagiarism. All papers submitted for such checking will be included as source documents in the reference database for the purpose of detecting plagiarism of papers subsequently submitted to the system. Use of the service is subject to the licensing agreement, currently between The University of Western Ontario and Turnitin.com (http://www.turnitin.com).”

 “Computer-marked multiple-choice tests and/or exams may be subject to submission for similarity review by software that will check for unusual coincidences in answer patterns that may indicate cheating.”

 

Western's commitment to accessibility

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Please contact the course instructor if you require material in an alternate format or if you require any other arrangements to make this course more accessible to you. You may also wish to contact Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) at 661-2111 x 82147 for any specific question regarding an accommodation.

 

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