RAPP 202. Basic Computer Techniques in Regional Analysis.

(2-2-3); I, II.

The course introduces students to computer-based research techniques that are widely used by practitioners in a variety of content areas. Course content includes earth and environmental sciences. Specific course activities address water quality, natural hazards, land use, and natural resources from a regional perspective.

Research techniques and tools are introduced that address planning a study, library investigations, collecting, processing and analyzing data, and dissemination results. Specifically, the basic skills of spread sheet and database use are introduced along with the essential analytical skills of charting, statistics, and mapping. In addition, the course addresses Internet communications, methods of transmitting and receiving data, data collection and compilation, and oral/written communication of results. This course satisfies the NSC II requirement for general education.