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Quantitative Methods of Policy Analysis: ENVS 5120

Course Format and Organization

The course will mix a lecture and seminar format with significant time each period for class discussion. The readings for the class are important and you are expected to have done all of the readings for each day prior to that class period. Based on those readings, you will be expected to come to each class with at least two questions for stimulating discussion – which you will turn in each class period. All readings will be posted on the class website as a adobe acrobat file or a URL, except for the course textbooks:

D.K. Gupta, 2011. Analyzing Public Policy: Concepts, Tools and Techniques, Congressional Quarterly Press, Washington, DC.

Strunk, William, Jr. and E.B. White. 2000. The Elements of Style. Longman: New York.

The formal course requirements include periodic assignments, a mid-term exam, class participation, and a final exam. Your grade will be determined as follows: 20% periodic assignments, 20% mid-term exam, 30% in class participation, and 30% final exam.


If you qualify for accommodations because of a disability, please submit a letter from Disability Services in a timely manner so that your needs can be addressed. Disability Services determines accommodations based on documented disabilities. Contact: 303-492-8671, Willard 322.

Religious Observances

Campus policy regarding religious observances requires that faculty make every effort to deal reasonably and fairly with all students who, because of religious obligations, have conflicts with scheduled exams, assignments or required attendance. You must contact me at least one week prior to any assignment due and at least two week prior to any scheduled exam to work out details. See full details on the campus policy here.