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AH2306 Geographic Information Systems in Transport Analysis 7.5 credits

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus AH2306 (Autumn 2010–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

This course consists of three parts:

1. In the first part of the course, students will learn foundations and principles of GIS, including data models and basic spatial analysis, as well as gaining sufficient familiarity with GIS software to be able to apply it to a variety of applied contexts. This part consist of lecture and lab sessions.

2. The second part of the course consists of integrated lecture-and-lab sessions, each of which focuses on a different application of GIS in the context of transport planning and analysis.

3. The final part of the course is an examination, which will assess students' understanding of the material.

Intended learning outcomes

After the course, students will be able to:

* Recognize "spatial questions" in the context of transport planning and analysis

* Describe data needs for developing a geospatial database for transport analysis

* Distinguish between vector-based and raster-based geographic analysis methods and the occasions where they are appropriately used

* Choose appropriately a geographic data model for use in a typical transport problem context

* Identify potential sources of spatial data quality problems and characterize how they may affect the quality and character of analysis results

* Recognize and critique spatial analysis methods that are employed behind commonly available transport analysis results

* Design visualizations of geospatial data that minimize distortions and misperceptions

* Anticipate the likely benefits and drawbacks of using GIS for communicating transport data, plans, and analysis results to the public

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

For single course students, i e students not enrolled in KTH´s regular programmes, the following is required: 

  • documented proficiency in English and
  • Completed Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Science, Economics or Planning including at least 60 credits in Mathematics, Physics, Statistics and/or Computer Science.

For students enrolled in the Master´s programme in Transport Systems at KTH, the course in Transport and Society, AH2300, is recommended.

Recommended prerequisites

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Required text: Longley P.A., Goodchild M.F., Maguire D.J. and Rhind D.W., 2005, Geographic Information Systems and Science, 2nd Edition, John Wiley and Sons, Ltd., New York.

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • LAB1 - Laboratory work, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • LAB2 - Applied Laboratory work, 3.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 3.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web AH2306

Offered by

ABE/Transport and Systems Analysis

Main field of study

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Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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