Geographic Information Systems


Course Objective

For economists, the spatial-economic market model of Von Thünen
(1780-1850) was a major breakthrough in their spatial thinking. During
this course, we will see how this spatial thinking has evolved from Von
Thünen's time to the world of today.

The aim of this course is to make students understand the importance of
space and distance as key factors in applied research, in particular in
the fields of regional, urban, transport and environmental economics.
The students will be introduced into the theoretical and methodological
issues of GIScience and GISystems and they will be trained in how GIS
can assist and extend research.

At the end of the course students:
- Can carry out a spatially explicit analysis in which they apply
relevant theories and concepts as discussed during the lectures;
- Know how to use GIS software and tools in their analysis;
- Will be able to explain what GIS is and how it can be used in business
processes, government policy planning and scientific analysis.

Course Content

This course introduces students to the role of location in (spatial)
economics (and site selection for logistics facilities). It focuses on
the information value of location and on how to use the factor location
when doing analysis. The following list of core issues will be discussed
during the lectures and practiced with during the tutorial/practical
- Introduction to GIS (data types and data storage);
- Collecting spatial data;
- Setting up a spatial analysis;
- Spatial analysis methods;
- Visualisation of spatial data.

Teaching Methods

The course consists of a combination of lectures in which the core
concepts are explained and assignments in which the spatial concepts are
applied in practice using GIS- software and spatial data. Active
participation of the students is expected in all lectures and practical

Method of Assessment

Written interim examination: 40 percent
Assignments: 60 percent
(Each to be completed with a minimum score of 5.0)


Academic papers provided through the digital learning environment.

Target Audience

This is an elective course in the STREEM and TSCM Master programmes that
is also open to students from other Master programmes who have an
interest in the analysis of spatial patterns and processes. The course
provides links with the STREEM core courses Regional and Urban Economics
and Environmental Economics, but also to other courses such as Empirical
Transport Economics, as well as with the course Advanced Methods, as it
includes spatial data research performed in these domains during the
lectures and using spatial data from these fields during the tutorials.

General Information

Course Code E_STR_GIS
Credits 6 EC
Period P2
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty School of Business and Economics
Course Coordinator dr. E. Simao Da Graca Dias
Examiner dr. E. Simao Da Graca Dias
Teaching Staff dr. E. Koomen
dr. E. Simao Da Graca Dias

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Lecture, Computer lab
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