Credits: 5

Schedule: 13.01.2020 - 11.02.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Anssi Joutsiniemi

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

  • Understand the principles and methods of varying spatial data formats and live data resources.

  • Create on overview of open data repositories and use of open application programming interfaces.

  • Understand the basic concepts of spatial data analysis and get familiar with structural details such as distributions, noise, randomness, spatial autocorrelation and patterns.

  • Apply learned skills to use multiple industry standard data to acquire sufficient data for urban planning exercise.

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The course equips participants with tools to acquire, analyze and simulate spatial data, and use this data input for urban research and planning exercises. By the end of the course participants are familiar with available spatial data formats and are capable on analyzing the availability and quality of open data sources. Participants will understand the software and hardware specifications required for specific data types. The emphasis will be on rapid development of specifications, data acquisition and requirements for simulation and visualization. The course is supported by USP industry partners who offer the most recent insight on daily use of spatial data in planning practice.

Details on the course content (applies in this implementation):

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

  • Lectures

  • Class discussions supported by industry partners and guest lecturers

  • Hands-on data acquisition exercises

Elaboration of the evaluation criteria and methods, and acquainting students with the evaluation (applies in this implementation): 

Evaluation is mainly based on the effort and innovation put in the exercise.

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Total 135 hours. Tutored studies 35 hrs (lectures, class assignments, feedback reviews), independent study 100 hrs (exercises and assignments).

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Specifications and technical documentations defined in lectures.

Prerequisites (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The course UrbanGIS needs to be passed

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Grading scale 0-5. Course completion is based on successfully accomplished weekly exercises. No exam.


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