PLAN2002W GIS & Planning

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module introduces students to the basic concepts of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and how the technology is used in Urban Planning. An overview of GIS technology is provided, including data capture, analysis, and presentation within a GIS framework.
Emphasis is placed on the application of GIS technology to investigate urban planning and decision-making issues (e.g., linked to land-uses, transportation, green areas in cities, etc.). This module introduces students to utilising GIS (particularly WEB GIS) to evaluate urban planning topics and communicating the results to the wider public.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of the module students should be able to:
1. Understand fundamental concepts associated with GIS technology
2. Use a GIS software package (ArcGIS) to input, analyse and present spatial data
3. Apply GIS technology to assist in public policy and planning decisions

Indicative Module Content:

Unit 1. Introduction to GIS
Unit 2. Accessing data and performing analyses in ArcGIS
Unit 3. Creating ArcGIS Storymaps for Urban Planning topics

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
• Lectures
• Online Tutorials and Workshops
• Problem-solving sessions
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Exclusions:

This module is delivered overseas and is not available to students based at the UCD Belfield or UCD Blackrock campuses.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: Assignments in mid-semester Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Project: End of semester project Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Group and individual student feedback will be provided.

Name Role
Dr Ozge Yenigun Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.

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