Skills and Concepts in Geography II: Quantitative and Analytical Skills (F8509)

15 credits, Level 4

Spring teaching

This module provides you with essential skills in quantitative and analytical methods, enabling you to evaluate different types of numerical data in human and physical geography. Topics include:

  • essential mathematics
  • trigonometry
  • descriptive statistics
  • inferential statistics
  • least squares regression
  • data analysis within ArcGIS.

Each topic is supported by practical-based workshops in which you gain experience in these skills. The workshops are based on commonly encountered methods of data visualisation and analysis for geographers.


29%: Lecture
57%: Practical (Workshop)
14%: Seminar


60%: Coursework (Report)
40%: Examination (Multiple choice questions)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 37 hours of contact time and about 113 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: