Quantitative Analysis

Undergraduate course

Course description

Objectives and Content

The aim of the course is to introduce the main techniques of quantitative analysis employed by both physical- and human geographers, and to enable the students to use computer software in the analysis of quantitative data.


The course will cover methods that are commonly applied when analyzing quantitative data in geography. This includes descriptive statistics, probability distributions, hypothesis testing, correlation- and regression analysis, and an introduction to multivariate analysis.

Learning Outcomes

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


The student

  • knows what quantitative data are, how they are collected, and how they can be applied
  • has adequate knowledge about descriptive statistics
  • possesses an overview of methods used to investigate the relationship between different types of variables and datasets
  • has basic knowledge about multivariate analysis


The student

  • knows how to present data graphically
  • can perform basic quantitative analysis using a relevant statistical software
  • can perform basic hypothesis testing
  • knows how to assess the significance of results from statistical analyses

General competence

The student

  • is familiar with the basic terms related to statistics and quantitative analysis
  • is able to do an assessment of which statistical methods are most suitable for analyzing different types of data

Level of Study


Semester of Instruction

Required Previous Knowledge
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
Access to the Course
The course is open for students at UiB.
Teaching and learning methods
  • One 2-hour lecture a week, in total 5-6 lectures.
  • One 2-hour data lab/seminar a week, in total 3-5 data labs/seminars.
  • Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

    3-5 compulsory assignments.

    Approved assignments will be valid for the following four semesters.

    Forms of Assessment

    3 hours written exam

    The exam will be given in the language in which the course is taught.

    The exam can be submitted in English, Norwegian, Swedish or Danish

    Grading Scale
    Grading A-F
    Assessment Semester

    Assessment in teaching semester.

    A retake exam is arranged for students with valid absence according to UiB study regulations ยง 5-5 .

    If there is a retake exam for students with valid absence, all students with valid compulsory activity can sign up for the retake exam. If you have the right to take a retake exam and a retake exam is arranged for students with valid absences, you can sign up yourself in Studentweb after August 1.

    Reading List
    A relevant package of statistical programs will be used in data labs.
    Course Evaluation
    All courses are evaluated according to UiB's system for quality assurance of education.