GEOG2015 - GIS and Quantitative methods


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Assignment 100/100

Course content

This methodology course covers fundamentals of statistical quantitative methods and the use of geographic information systems (GIS) within those methods. Students will learn how to statistically analyze quantitative data and geographical data, and how to visualize them in a GIS environment. Specifically, students gain insight into how to use descriptive statistics (average measures, dispersion measures, correlation measures and simple regression) to geographical issues using R programming language.

Learning outcome

A student who has completed the course is expected to have achieved the following learning outcomes, defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


  • has basic knowledge of statistical quantitative methods;
  • understands the whole research design framework;
  • is able to formulate coherent research questions, identify appropriate research enumeration units and collect, analyze and spatially visualize geographic quantitative data within geographic information systems (GIS).


  • can critically assess and process, analyze and present quantitative data using statistical software packages and geographic information systems (GIS).
  • can use data for statistical analyses and GIS-related presentations in professionally relevant contexts

General competence:

  • can develop new and critical socially relevant knowledge, as well as work independently with statistical and GIS-based data and presentations.

Learning methods and activities

Up to 18 hours lectures, and 18 hours practical Statistics and GIS exercises.

The course is taught in English, but there is an opportunity to submit mandatory activities and exams in a Scandinavian language or English.

Compulsory assignments

  • Work

Further on evaluation

Compulsory activities in the course is submission of assignments distributed throughout the semester. All the assignments must be submitted and approved in order to qualify to sit for the exam in the course. The exam is an individual project assignment which counts for 100% of the grade.

The same form of examination is given when the examination is repeated and when the grade is improved. The exam is offered in both spring and autumn.

Required previous knowledge

GEOG1012 Introduction to Geographical Information Systems or equivalent course.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
GEOG1004 7.5 AUTUMN 2019
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2024

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Geography
  • Social Sciences
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Geography


Examination arrangement: Assignment

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Assignment 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Assignment 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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