Spring 2015 Classes in Methodology
If you have a question about a specific course, please contact the instructor of that course directly. If you have a general question about the suite of one-credit methodology courses, please contact Bethany Bray.
For more information about the one-credit courses, please see our frequently asked questions:
Yosef Bodovski, GIS research analyst, Population Research Institute, Penn State
Time and Location: PRI Lab (806 Oswald)
Enrollment limited to 15 students
Course Description: This course is designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of geographic information systems (GIS) and spatial analysis. This course will be built around both lectures and hands-on exercises. Students will be introduced to basic geographical and spatial analysis concepts and shown how to use these concepts in the analysis of social and behavioral outcomes. The lab will allow students to use GIS software for fundamental tasks such as spatial data handling and management, basic visualization and mapping skills, geoprocessing and network analysis. Students will be introduced to the concepts of pattern and cluster analysis, geographic distributions, and other spatial analysis methods. Upon completion of the class, students will be able to create their own maps, build contextual datasets, and perform basic spatial analysis. Course grades will be based on class participation and completion of weekly exercises.
1. To introduce the concept of geospatial data and develop the practical skills to use it appropriately.
2. To understand the potential of GIS and spatial analysis for social and behavioral science research.
3. To develop the skill of spatial thinking grounded in fundamental GIS analysis.
Register through the Office of the Registrar--the schedule of courses is listed here. Please note that the correct dates and location are listed above (they are different than what is listed on the Registrar's website).