Fall 2023 - REM 225 D100
Quantitative Toolkit for Social-Ecological Systems (3)
Class Number: 5367
Delivery Method: In Person
Develops a basic understanding of the breadth and role of quantitative models in social-ecological systems. Introduces skills, methods, and software typically used in data analysis, quantitative modelling, and research for environmental professionals. Provides important baseline education and essential skills for students needing to apply quantitative skills in future courses, and establishes a common understanding in Excel and R. Quantitative.
Environmental decisions happen at the intersection of multiple academic disciplines and lines of evidence. Using quantitative data and models, decision makers clarify and solve complex challenges that often involve social and ecological dimensions. Resource and environmental managers need a strong foundation in these methods and how they are used to inform decision-making given the complexity and uncertainty in social-ecological systems. A toolkit of methods, techniques and software skills helps turn abstract quantitative ideas and data into practical tools for decision-making. REM 225 uses lectures, short chapter projects, class discussion and tutorials to develop basic quantitative thinking and skills typically encountered in environmental problem-solving. These skills, combined with hands-on training in MS Excel and R statistical software, form a quantitative toolkit for applied research and decision-making within the environmental profession.
COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:
- Form and improve quantitative literacy
- Apply common computer software (MS Excel; R) to solve quantitative problems
- Application of the right quantitative tools to any given problem
- Quizzes 20%
- Assignments 80%
Little, J.B. 2019. Modeling and data analysis: an introduction with environmental applications. American Mathematical Society. Providence, RI.
Papers and book chapters provided in class
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