Geol659 SP2015Beta says...."Script free or die!"
GRADING
50% exam (in last month) 50% personal project Project is due at semester end TOPICSMeasurement, probability and error
univariate/bivariate statistical methods multivariate techniques (multiple regression, PCA, cluster analysis) Timeseries methods and geostatistics Learning R installing and updating packages I/O basics/data management graphics!!!! "core" statistical capabilities addon modeling and statistical packages 
useful R sitesdebugging/forumstexts

Quantitative Methods with R
** available in whole or part as PDF >>LOTS<< of online pdfs, tutorials, and guides available at no cost 
"SHOULD I TAKE THIS CLASS WITH A LIGHT STATISTICS BACKGROUND”
It depends. We will review statistical basics equivalent to an undergrad statistics class in the first 4 weeks. After that, it is an advanced graduate class, with an ambitious R agenda. YES ..... if you are comfortable with computers, know some programming and basic stats, and have your own data to analyze. I may ask you to review some topics NO..... if math and statistics are nonfavorite subjects for you, or you haven’t used computers for data analysis, or you are afraid of programming. 
COURSE SOFTWARE
The environments are optional and are a personal preference. All use R and do the same thing, which is allow enough tools to script, run scripts, view/manage windows, and manage R (packages, histories, memory, etc). The lab machines will have all installed and you can also bring a laptop of your own I will use "basic" R and a text editor, but you can follow this in whatever environment you choose 