SMUA5100 Urban Analytics and Visualisation Emneplan

Engelsk emnenavn
Urban Analytics and Visualisation
Master's Degree Programme in Smart Mobility and Urban Analytics
10 stp.


This course is designed to develop and deepen the understanding of GIS and to introduce spatial analytics to students. The course situates methods and theory in the urban analysis field and makes use of the student’s previous knowledge in GIS and spatial data handling to formulate and test theories and methods that are essential for studies of urban and regional functions. The urban landscape is multifaceted, and the complex interaction between land-use and mobility, space-time usage and cost are just a few examples of how the urban landscape both constitutes the platform for urban interaction but also being in a state of constant change. Methods taught will enable the student to describe the functionality and complexity of urban networks and space-time patterns, spatial clusters, the relationship between land-use and spatial and place-based factors and will thus provide the knowledge and the skills necessary for both being able to understand urban analytics as a subject and prepare the students for being able to use the tools of the profession. 

Anbefalte forkunnskaper



No formal requirements over and above the admission requirements.


Upon completing the course, the student will have the following outcomes.


Upon successfully completion of the course, the student:

  • has advanced knowledge of spatial data handling

  • has advanced knowledge of spatial analysis techniques, including a good understanding of predictive algorithms and geo-statistics, relevant to spatial & urban analysis

  • has advanced knowledge of how to implement artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) in urban analytics

  • has advanced knowledge of data analysis (analytical techniques) and visualization using geospatial tools, primarily within urban analytics


Upon successfully completion of the course, the student:

  • is an experienced user and have a broad understanding of Geographical Information Systems (GIS)/Geospatial tools as well as of methods and theory in spatial analysis 

  • has hands-on experience with relevant techniques, algorithms and scripting in GIS/Geospatial tools

  • has hand-on experience with relevant programming and scripting environments for use in data science, especially within urban analytics and visualization of urban data

  • has knowledge of how to test and implement urban theory using spatial data and urban analytics

General competence:

Upon successfully completion of the course, the student:

  • has broad overview of both the challenges and the tools of urban analytics

  • is able to design approaches and utilize tools for analysing and visualizing urban data

  • is able to extend his/her knowledge and skills in programming/scripting, analysing, managing and visualizing data both in urban analytics and in other area

  • is able to use a relevant theoretical framework in applied studies

  • can create and communicate findings in ways that are relevant to stakeholders

Arbeids- og undervisningsformer

This course features 10 weeks lectures with 10 parallel lab sessions to provide theoretical content and preliminary hands-on experience. The lab sessions will be preceded with one or two weeks of (primarily technical) preparatory sessions.

Arbeidskrav og obligatoriske aktiviteter

All individual assignments must be approved.

Lab assignments must be handed in on Canvas

Seminar assignments must be handed in on Canvas

Students who fail to meet the coursework requirements can be given up to one re-submission opportunity.

Vurdering og eksamen

1) A final project report prepared in groups of 2 (or more) students, approx. 15 - 20 pages (excluding appendices, including code and calculations), weighted 60%.

2) Oral presentation and examination of the project report weighted 40%.

All assessment parts must be awarded a pass grade (E or better) to pass the course. 

Assessment parts: 1) can be appealed, 2) cannot be appealed

Hjelpemidler ved eksamen

1) All aids are permitted, as long as the rules for source referencing are complied with.

2) None


Graded scale A-F.


1) Two internal examiners.

2) Two internal examiners

 External examiners are used regularly.


John Östh; Email: john.osth@oslomet.no