This course is designed to introduce you to the use of statistical methods in geographic research.
This is a second course in statistics and there is a prerequisite of a lower division mathematical
statistics course--Statistics 250 or its equivalent. Geographers make extensive use of the same
statistical methods utilized in other social and natural sciences, but also employ techniques that
are specifically designed to quantify data that are spatially arranged. Our goals in this class are
(1) to understand the underlying logic of the basic statistical tools used in Geography; (2) to learn
how to identify the appropriate statistical techniques to apply in specific research settings; and
(3) to correctly calculate and interpret those statistics. In doing so, the course will provide a
building block for more advanced courses in spatial statistical analysis.
The required books for you to buy are:
J. Chapman McGrew, Jr., and Charles B. Monroe, An Introduction to Statistical Problem
Solving in Geography, 2nd Edition (Boston: McGraw-Hill), 2000
You should also own a hand-held calculator--you will need it for homework and exams. You
will also need an account on the Geography Network to work in the Geography Department
computer labs, but those will be assigned in class, if you don't already have one.
This course is online at http://blackboard.sdsu.edu and all assignments and other course
materials will be available through the course website. You can access Blackboard using
the email address that you gave SDSU at registration, along with your Red ID.