Statistical analysis in geography

lgeo1341  2020-2021  Louvain-la-Neuve

Statistical analysis in geography
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information below is subject to change, in particular that concerning the teaching mode (presential, distance or in a comodal or hybrid format).
5 credits
30.0 h + 30.0 h

The prerequisite(s) for this Teaching Unit (Unité d’enseignement – UE) for the programmes/courses that offer this Teaching Unit are specified at the end of this sheet.
Main themes
The course covers the most usual statistical techniques used in geography: regression analysis; factor analysis; clustering; discrete data analysis; spatial statistics. Assignments lead to a basic knowledge of a statistical software (SAS).

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 To introduce the principal statistical methods used in geography. To be able to use them in practice: choice of the method according to nature of the problem, implementation on a computer, interpretation and communication of the results; To be able to understand the statistical aspects most frequently met in the geographical literature.
This is a course of intermediate leve for which knowledge of basic statistics is assumed. Ojectives: know and master the principal statistical analysis methods; use them correctly and in a relevant fashion in the practice of geography: choosing an appropriate method, applying it using a computer and software, interpret and communicate results, understand the most often encountered statistical features of case studies in the field of geography.
Teaching methods

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.

Lectures integrate elements of flipped classroom to be adapted yearly to the number of students registered, but generally based on student-led presentations of theory followed by group discussions of important points, and case studies relevant to the method at hand.
Evaluation methods

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.

Theory (60%) : contribution to class presentation and group discussion based on prepared reading (20%); written exam with access to the course notes allowed (20%); oral presentation of one ortwo articles that use methods studied in class (20%).  Practicals (40%): exercices (20%) detailed case study (20%). The notes obtained for the contribution to class and to a detailed case study are attached to all exam session of the academic year.
Online resources
Teaching materials
  • matériel sur moodle
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Minor in Geography

Bachelor in Geography : General

Master [120] in History of Art and Archaeology : General