Course: Methods of Regional Geographical Research I

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Course title Methods of Regional Geographical Research I
Course code KGE/MRGV1
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Seminar
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 5
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course unspecified
Form of instruction unspecified
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Matušková Alena, Doc. PaedDr. CSc.
Course content
1. Qualitative and quantitative description of reality. Basic concepts. 2. Sources of secondary data with geographic nature (geographic portals, portals, public administration, etc.). 3. Field research in geography, organization problems, significance 4. Qualitative and quantitative research in geography. 5. Basic sorting and processing of geographic data (statistical tables, graphics). 6. Data analysis. Types of statistical distributions, specific traits of distribution geographical data. 7. Theoretical frequency distribution and geographical reality. 8. Simple descriptive characteristics of one-dimensional and two dimensional files of empirical regionally geographical data. Geographical median, geographical centre, further mean values. 9. Simple descriptive characteristics of one-dimensional and two dimensional files (measures of variability, skewness and kurtosis). Gini coefficient of concentration. 10. Monitoring dependencies between geographic and demographic phenomena - possibilities with respect to the data base for the regions different hierarchical levels. Use correlation analysis in geographic research. 11. Monitoring dependencies between geographic and demographic phenomena. Possibilities of using regression analysis in geographical research. 12. Time series analysis of regionally geographic data, changes in definitions of geographical indicators and issues of following index analysis. 13. Examples of other specific mathematical-statistical and graphical methods used in geography and their practical application in solving specific problems.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Collaborative instruction, Task-based study method, Lecture, Seminar, Field trip
  • Graduate study programme term essay (40-50) - 50 hours per semester
  • Contact hours - 39 hours per semester
  • Presentation preparation (report) (1-10) - 10 hours per semester
  • Individual project (40) - 32 hours per semester
professional knowledge
Mathematical knowledge at least at the graduation level, knowledge of basic statistical methods and of basic regional geographic disciplines at the bachelor's degree level.
general eligibility
learning outcomes
professional knowledge
- to be familiar with the basic topics being dealt with in the disciplines of geography, particularly in economic and regional geography; - to be able to expand the knowledge by learning and applying various methods of regional-geographic research;
professional skills
- to be able to use various methods (including fieldwork) in order to obtain data for solving regional geographic problems; - to be capable of processing these data by appropriate qualitative and quantitative methods and draw conclusions accordingly to the given issue;
teaching methods
professional knowledge
Field trip
Task-based study method
Collaborative instruction
assessment methods
Seminar work
Individual presentation at a seminar
Continuous assessment
Recommended literature
  • Brázdil R. a kol. Statistické metody v geografii. Brno, 1995.
  • Budíková, Marie; Králová, Maria; Maroš, Bohumil. Průvodce základními statistickými metodami. 1. vyd. Praha : Grada Publishing, 2010. ISBN 978-80-247-3243-5.
  • HENDL, Jan. Kvalitativní výzkum: základní teorie, metody a aplikace. 3. vyd. Praha: Portál, 2012, 407 s. ISBN 978-80-262-0219-6..
  • Hendl, Jan. Přehled statistických metod : analýza a metaanalýza dat. 4., rozš. vyd. Praha : Portál, 2012. ISBN 978-80-262-0200-4.
  • Pavlík, Z., Kuhnl, K. Úvod do kvantitativních metod pro geografy. Praha, UK, 1985.
  • Reif, J. Metody matematické statistiky. Plzeň : Západočeská univerzita, 2004. ISBN 80-7043-302-7.
  • ROGERSON, A., P. Statistical Methods For Geography: A Students Guide. 2006.

Study plans that include the course
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