For the past six years Michigan State University Department of Forestry has offered a course, "Natural Resource Data Analysis," that has evolved as computer skills, there are three principle objectives in the course: identifying a natural resource problem and obtaining relevant data; conducting an objective, quantitative analysis of data; and presenting the analysis in a way that is clear to a non-technical audience. The course consists of a combined lecture/lab where fundamental concepts oral and written communication, quantitative analysis, and spatial analysis/cartography are introduced and a hands-on lab where students practice specific computer and analytic skills. The ultimate course objective is the presentation of an analysis of a natural resource problem via World Wide Web pages, a written report and an oral, computer-assisted presentation.
Stevens, James A. and Fried, Jeremy S.
"Natural resource data analysis: Finding comfort with computers,"
Natural Resources and Environmental Issues:
Vol. 7, Article 74.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.usu.edu/nrei/vol7/iss1/74