ENVPL309-22B (HAM)

Urban Spatial Analysis

15 Points

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Division of Arts Law Psychology & Social Sciences
School of Social Sciences
Environmental Planning


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Paper Description

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The key purpose of this paper is to develop and hone students’ applied spatial analytical skills, which is increasingly becoming an essential skillset in New Zealand and around the world. The paper will provide foundational practical skills for spatial analysis using relevant real-world datasets with a strong urban focus. The emphasis is on developing spatial thinking and problem-solving skills critical to solving many of the existing urban problems, such as sustainable land use development, transit accessibility and walkability, and adaptation planning for climate change. To this end, the paper will be primarily lab/project-based where students primarily learn through working on multiple hands-on labs and small projects. Students attending this paper will develop technical proficiency in spatial analysis, and, more importantly, reinforce planning knowledge using a spatial planning lens. This paper aims to prepare students for the increasing requirements for spatial analytical capabilities in practice and the expected changes of the existing planning legislation towards spatial planning.
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Paper Structure

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There will be a 1-hr lecture and 2-hr lab each week. The lectures will cover foundational theories of spatial analysis and introduce various spatial analytical tools. The labs will allow students to gain hands-on experiences by applying the spatial analysis techniques to real-world problems.

Depending on the Covid-19 situation, in-class attendance is highly recommended for this paper. PowerPoint notes will be provided on Moodle and all lectures will be recorded and made available on Panopto.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • Learning Outcomes
    1. Identify available spatial datasets and use the data for analysis
    2. Apply the key spatial tools for analyzing and modeling spatial patterns and relationships
    3. Create meaningful maps
    4. Apply spatial and critical thinking about urban issues and relate them to urban planning and policy making
    5. Communicate and present the spatial analysis effectively
    Linked to the following assessments:
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Assessment in this paper comprises lab assignments and a final group project, including a final written report and in-class presentation. Grades will be determined based on the following allocation:

  • Lab assignments (60%): There are in total 10 labs and each will count for 6% of the total mark.
  • Final group project (30%)
  • Final group presentation (10%)

Grading criteria:

All assessments for this paper test students' understanding of lecture materials as well as their practical competence in problem-solving application. All written assessments are graded based on their quality such as the choice of spatial tools, accuracy of resulting findings, levels of critical analysis, and effectiveness of written and visual presentations. Additionally, the group project that involves teamwork will be assessed based on the outcome of the project and an anonymous peer-review of individual contribution at the end of the semester. In short, all members of a group share the same grade for the outcome portion of the assessment, and then the final grade of each individual within the group will be determined by applying a multiplier based on the peer assessment. Hence, group members whose contribution is considered 'average' will be given the group outcome grade, whereas others having made above or below 'average' contributions will have their grade adjusted upwards or downwards.

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Lab assignments
2. Final Project
3. Project Presentation
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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This is a hands-on course. Hence, no reading is required. However, relevant reading materials may be suggested to complement the hands-on exercises.
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Online Support

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This paper is supported via Moodle. All lectures will be recorded and made available via Panopto recordings; however, some self-learning activities will be required. Powerpoint slides will also be made available online.
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You should count on spending a minimum of 150 hours on the paper. Your work load should amount to an average of 10 hours per week (including the mid-semester break and study week).
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Linkages to Other Papers

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Restricted papers: ENVPL509

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