This course builds upon the foundations established in Theory and Practice, with a greater emphasis on subjective questions and meaning. In this course, our focus will be on the “why” of data analysis. You will explore these questions through practical and applicable case study examples, and hands-on exercises using spreadsheet and spatial software packages.
An understanding of the needs of end users and target audiences from the outset, establishes principles that an analyst should adhere to throughout various stages of a project. Data analysis in support of evidence-based decision making should highlight important results, and craft a narrative that informs end users of meaningful insights within the context of the research problem. This is the core focus of this course.
You will develop your ability to ask and answer complex questions through critical assessments of published reports, and class presentations. In group discussions you will consider privacy issues and the ethics of data collection, management, analysis and use, and reflect on your ethical obligations.