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GIS for Transportation, 7.5 Credits

Swedish name: Transport-GIS

This syllabus is valid: 2022-12-05 and until further notice

Course code: 2KG604

Credit points: 7.5

Education level: Second cycle

Main Field of Study and progress level: Human Geography: Second cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements

Grading scale: AF

Responsible department: Department of Geography

Established by: Head of Department of Geography and Economic History, 2016-09-26

Revised by: Head of Department of Geography and Economic History, 2022-12-12


In addition to spatial perspectives on transport planning and analysis, topics covered in the course include GIS-based visualization of transport networks and flows, network data set construction and different methods for network analysis.


Expected learning outcomes

After completing the course, the student should be able to:

Knowledge and understanding

(1) Describe and discuss the role of transport and mobility in different sectors of society,

(2) account for the supply of GIS tools for network analysis,

(3) identify which types of spatial problems that can be solved using network analysis in a GIS,

Competence and skills

(4) put theories and concepts of transport geography into practice by means of network analysis in a GIS,

(5) create, manage and troubleshoot multimodal network datasets with travel impedances and restriction attributes in a geodatabase,

(6) identify an appropriate GIS workflow for analysing transport flows between demand point locations and supply facilities, and

Judgement and approach

(7) apply a critical approach in relating their studies to scientific literature.

Required Knowledge

Univ: 120 ECTS, 60 ECTS of which in a major field of subject, including 15 ECTS in Geographical Information Systems (GIS).
Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary course English B/6

Form of instruction

The course consists of lectures and exercises. The exercises - partly carried out under teacher supervision - constitutes an essential part of the course. The software used in the course are the GIS program ArcGIS Desktop and its extension Network Analyst. 

The course is taught in English.

Examination modes

Examination is based on individual written/graphical accounts of exercises and a written examination.

Grades cannot be appealed, i.e., re-evaluated by a higher authority, but the student may make comments on the grading or request that the examiner reconsider the decision. A student who has taken two examinations in a course or a part of a course without obtaining a passing grade is entitled to have another examiner appointed, unless there are special reasons to the contrary (6 Chap. 22 § Higher Education Ordinance). The student may submit a request for a different examiner to the Director of Studies.

Decisions about academic credit transfer are made on an individual basis.


Valid from: 2022 week 49

Mitchell Andy.
The ESRI guide to GIS analysis.
Redlands, CA : ESRI Press : 2012. : 419 s. :
ISBN: 1-58948-305-7
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Rodrigue Jean-Paul
The geography of transport systems
Fifth edition. : Abingdon, Oxon : Routledge : 2020 : 468 sidor :
ISBN: 9780367364625
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