This course is a survey of available data analysis tools. You will be introduced to various data analysis and visualization software packages through demonstrations of, and exercises using, introductory functions. You will learn of the relative strengths and challenges of a given tool. This survey approach to software will help you determine which tools will work the best for a given project.
Microsoft Excel, and Esri's ArcGIS will be fundamental software packages for this course, and you will learn how to conduct advanced analysis functions with both of these programs. You will also explore how to migrate data between analysis tools. Class time will be set aside for participant-led, collaborative, and experiential learning which will help you develop the skills needed to tackle applied research problems relevant to your work.
Note: You will have up to three weeks to complete the post-course take-home assignment.