About QQM – Spring 2011

This third course in the 1st year MES core transitions from a discussion of environmental perspectives and issues to learning about methods for studying complex environmental phenomena. As an interdisciplinary field of inquiry, Environmental Studies requires a diverse set of approaches. QQM will provide exposure to a range of research and data analysis methods employed in the natural and social sciences. Learning objectives of the program are for students to:

  1. Understand basic concepts of qualitative and quantitative data analysis methods typically used in environmental studies research, and gain a sense of the breadth and application of those methods.
  2. Gain hands on practice in applying a range of qualitative and quantitative methods to answer research questions.
  3. Learn to use software, in particular R, to perform statistical analyses and graphically display data and analysis results.

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