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GIS and Physical Planning


This course deals with how GIS can be integrated in the physical planning process and used for decision support. An overview introduces students into the theories and concepts of physical planning as well as to laws and conventions of political processes in physical planning. The role of architectural characteristics and building traditions are dealt with at different planning scales. Strategies for conducting suitability analysis for different physical planning needs are explored and students are challenged to apply such strategies to solve real-life problems. Case studies and problems associated with planning both in real-time and long-term are analyzed.

Throughout the whole course the level of teaching is high, and the course participants are challenged with a variety of exercises and case studies on which to apply knowledge gained.

Note: this is an Internet based course. You are not supposed to travel to Lund to attend. The course is part of LUMA-GIS, the master program in GIS, but it is also possible to study this course outside the program. You can read more about the master program, the admission requirements and other rules and regulations on the homepage of LUMA-GIS.

Teaching consists of lectures and practical exercises that you will submit to the teachers. Evaluation is based on corrected and approved exercises sent to the teachers.

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Course facts

Level: Advanced
Credits: 7.5 ECTS
Period: Spring
Language of instruction: English
Prerequisites: General admission requirements and 90 ECTS, including 30 ECTS in GIS, equivalent to GISA21 and GISA22
Technical prerequisites: PC with Windows XP or better; Internet connection

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Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science
Lund University
Sölvegatan 12
S-223 62 Lund