NGEK10002U Applied GIS and Geoinformatics for Urban Spatial Analysis

Volume 2013/2014
MSc Programme in Geography and Geoinformatics
MSc Programme in Geology and Geosciences


This course focus on advanced spatial analysis using GIS/Geoinformatics and Remote Sensing. The overall aim is to bring the participants an understanding of the relevant theories and methodologies necessary to select appropriate strategies within the broad context of urban and regional geography. The theoretical background will be discussed during the classes and the practical implementation will be tried out in a number of practical exercises.
GIS and Geoinformatics represent the backbone for many tasks related to urban and regional spatial analysis and planning. GIS includes tools for spatial statistics, analysis and modeling. It thereby facilitates the practical implementations of methods and algorithms that benefit from the large amount of available geodata including digital maps and registers. Recent development trends show an increased public and private awareness of the geospatial component of management and planning tasks. Advanced knowledge of potentials and pitfalls of doing GIS-based spatial analysis and optimization enables geographers with GIS/Geoinformatics competences to play a key role in this process. Finally, the recent advances in the accuracy of satellite images as well as the availability of these data makes urban remote sensing a very relevant discipline for providing additional geospatial information in urban areas where updated maps are less common, f.ex. fast growing African cities.

Learning Outcome

GIS and Geoinformatics for urban applications, high resolution remote sensing, spatial analysis, spatial optimization, spatial statistics, general knowledge of Geodata.


identify strategies and methodologies and to solve scientific problems in the research field
• possess a theoretical and pratical knowledge of the research field
• integrate theory, methodology, data and interpretation, and to demonstrate the ability to evaluate new information critically.


Analyse, assess and apply results, methods, theory and data in connection with urban GIS
Please see Absalon course page
BSc in Geography and Geoinformatics or equivalent
The form of teaching and work will be class teaching with active participation of students by means of student presentations and group-work.
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Preparation
  • 136
  • Project work
  • 35
  • Theory exercises
  • 35
  • Total
  • 206
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Oral examination, 20 minutes
Written assignment
The written assignment is prepared during the course and must be handed in prior to the exam week. The oral exam uses the written assignment as its point of departure. It includes the titles listed in the officially approved reading list.
Without aids
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Several external examiners
Criteria for exam assesment
Please see learning outcomes