Fall 2021 - GEOG 606 G100

Research Design and Analytical Techniques in Physical Geography (5)

Class Number: 3674

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 3:00 PM – 4:50 PM
    WMC 3251, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Jesse Hahm
    Office: RCB 6141
    Office Hours: TBA



Research design, data collection and quantitative methods in physical geography. Equivalent Courses: GEOG706


Course Details

This is a graduate level course intended to provide a background in methods of quantitative data collection and analysis, as well as elements of effective science communication, including written, visual, and oral communication. Coding will be involved (using Python), but prior coding experience is not assumed. A portion of the class will also be dedicated to general professional practice and current issues in academia. Additional topics or modifications will be explored based on interests and skills of the class. This class provides a forum to promote cross-pollination of ideas and interests among labs, student interaction, and cohort establishment.

There will be no labs during the first week of class.


  • Participation: 20%
  • Exercises: 60%
  • Final project: 20%



Class resources will be provided via CANVAS (SFU’s online content management system). An internet-connected computer is required for access to class content. 


Writing Science by Joshua Schimel, ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0199760241; ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0199760244 (Available on Vitalsource)

Graduate Studies Notes:

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Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in fall 2021 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with approximately 70 to 80 per cent of classes in person/on campus, with safety plans in place.  Whether your course will be in-person or through remote methods will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

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Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the fall 2021 term.