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FAI3308 Applied Spatial Analysis: An Introduction 7.5 credits

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus FAI3308 (Spring 2021–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course is divided in three parts. In the first part the nature of the geographical data is discussed whilst the identification of spatial patterns is the focus in the second part of the course. The third part refers to confirmatory spatial data analysis using regression analysis, its applications and assessment (case study).

PART I – Lecture 1 -Thinking spatially: introduction to GIScience, Lecture 2 -The nature of spatial data, Lecture 3-Data quality.

PART II – Lecture 4 -Spatial structure of spatial data, Lecture 5 -Non-parametric methods of spatial interpolation, Lecture 6 - Areal interpolation. Lecture 7 - Exploratory spatial data analysis (ESDA). cluster detection methods and Lecture 8 - Introduction to confirmatory analysis.

PART III -Lecture 9 -Regression analysis. Lecture 10-Implementing space in social sciences: a summary, Lectures 11-12-Applications, Project (study case) and Project presentation.

The first week provides students with basic introduction to the course and tools. A set of introductory practical exercises will be provided to those unfamiliar with ArcGis, GeoDa and ScanStat. The first chapters in Haining (latest edition) should be read by the students before the first class (available in BILDA three weeks before the course starts).

Intended learning outcomes

Interest in analyzing spatial data has grown considerably in scientific research community. In 2008 Nobel Prize in Economics was awarded to Paul Krugman which indicates the increasing attention being given to spatially related phenomena and processes. Given the fact that space is now on the agenda, the time has come for introducing to our PhD students some of the basic conceptual and empirical research on spatial analysis.

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Anyone who is a PhD student in any relevant subject area (e.g., Urban and Regional Planning, Economics, Real Estate, Geography, Demography, Criminology, Environmental Sciences) is eligible to take this course. However, having knowledge in Geographical Information Systems and/or basic statistics is an advantage.

Recommended prerequisites

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Examination and completion

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

Grading scale

P, F


  • PRO1 - Project work, 5.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • SEM1 - Seminars, 2.5 credits, grading scale: P, 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.

Other requirements for final grade

In order to pass the course, students need to:

- attend lectures and perform practical exercises

- participate in discussion in class ("forum-time" and hand in results on time)

- participate in and contribute to the work with the case study in group (maximum 2 individuals) that involves the development, the interpretation and critical reflection of results using spatial data analysis techniques learned during the course. Use of own datasets is encouraged.

Department personnel (researchers, PhD students) and peers assess each group performance together with the content presented in the poster. The written report is handed in to the head teacher.

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

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Offered by

ABE/Urban and Regional Studies

Main field of study

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Education cycle

Third cycle

Add-on studies

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Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at ABE/Urban and Regional Studies