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Spatial Development and Infrastructure Systems Master Information
1. Semester
Compulsory Courses
101-0467-01LTransport Systems
Only for master students, otherwise a special permisson by the lecturers is required.
O6 credits4GK. W. Axhausen, A. Kouvelas, P. Wang
AbstractHistory, impact and principles of the design and operation of
transport systems
ObjectiveIntroduction of the basic principles of the design and operation of
transport systems (road, rail, air) and of the essential pathways of their
impacts (investment, generalised costs, accessibilities, external effects), referring to relatively constant, and factors with substantial future uncertainty, in the past and expected evolution of transport systems.
ContentTransport systems and land use; network design; fundamental model of mobility behaviour; costs and benefits of mobility; transport history

Classification of public transport systems; Characteristics of rail systems, bus systems, cable cars and funiculars, unconventional systems; introduction to logistics; fundamentals of rail freight transports; freight transport systems; intermodal transportation

Network layout and its impact on road traffic. Traffic control systems for urban and inter-urban areas. Fundamentals of road safety and infrastructure maintenance.
Lecture notesLecturer notes and slides as well as hints to further literature will be given during the course.
Prerequisites / NoticeObligatory lecture for students of the first semester of MSc Spatial development and Infrastructure Systems.
103-0317-00LIntroduction to Spatial Development and Transformation
Only for master students, otherwise a special permisson by the lecturer is required.
O3 credits2GM. Nollert
AbstractThe course deals with important material and methodical foundations for action and decision-making of spatial relevance. On the basis of current and future challenges of spatial develop-ment in Switzerland and Europe, central tasks and possibilities for their treatment are im-parted.
ObjectiveSpatial development deals with the development and formation and arrangement of our envi-ronment. In order to be able to mediate between the different demands, interests and projects of multiple actors, a forward-looking, action-oriented and robust planning is necessary. It is committed - in the sense of a sustainable spatial development - to the economical handling of resources, in particular of the non-replicable resource soil.
The lecture introduces the necessary basic knowledge and is based on the following main top-ics:
– Inward development and challenges of spatial transformation
– Interplay of formal and informal processes and processes across different scales of spatial development
– Methods of action-oriented planning in situations of insecurity
– Integrated space and infrastructure development
By taking up the lecture, the students are able to recognize cross-scale, complex tasks of spa-tial development and transformation and to use their methodical and professional knowledge to clarify them.

– Tasks of spatial planning and spatial development
– Local and supra-local tasks
– Formal and informal tools and procedures
– Regularities of spatial changes, influencing factors and indicators
– Conflicts, problems and opportunities of spatial relevance
Methodology of action-oriented planning:
– Spatial planning as sequences of actions and decisions
– The influence of knowledge and language in planning
– Spatial assessment and reasoning
– Process and process management
Focus tasks:
– Inward development and transformation
– Integrated spatial and infrastructure development
– Transboundary issues of spatial development
Lecture notesFuther information and the documents for the lecture can be found on the homepage of IRL/STL
103-0347-00LLandscape Planning and Environmental Systems Restricted registration - show details O3 credits2VA. Grêt-Regamey
AbstractIn the course, students learn about methods for the identification and measurement of landscape characteristics, as well as measures and policies for landscape planning. Landscape planning is put into the context of environmental systems (soil, water, air, climate, flora and fauna) and discussed with regard to socio-political questions of the future.
ObjectiveThe aims of this course are:
1) To illustrate the concept of landscape planning, the economic relevance of landscape and nature in the context of the environmental systems (soil, water, air, climate, flora and fauna).
2) To show landscape planning as an integral information system for the coordination of different instruments by illustrating the aims, methods, instruments and their functions in landscape planning.
3) To show the importance of ecosystem services.
4) To learn basics about nature and landscape: Analysis and assessment of the complex interactions between landscape elements, effects of current and future land use (ecosystem goods and services, landscape functions).
5) To identify and measure the characteristics of landscape.
6) Learn how to use spatial data in landscape planning.
ContentIn this course, the following topics are discussed:
- Definition of the concept of landscape
- Landscape metrics
- Landscape change
- Landscape planning
- Methods, instruments and aims of landscape planning (policy)
- Socio-political questions of the future
- Environmental systems, ecological connectivity
- Ecosystem services
- Urban landscape services
- Practice of landscape planning
- Use of GIS in landscape planning
Lecture notesNo script. The documentation, consisting of presentation slides are partly handed out and are provided for download on Moodle.
Prerequisites / NoticeThe contents of the course will be illustrated in the associated course 103-0347-01 U (Landscape Planning and Environmental Systems (GIS Exercises)) or in Project LAND within the Experimental and Computer Lab (for Environmental Engineers). A combination of courses is recommended.
103-0377-10LBasics of RE&IS Restricted registration - show details
Only for Spatial Development and Infrastructure Systems MSc.
O2 credits2GK. W. Axhausen, M. J. Van Strien
AbstractEvery Master student should acquire a number of basic skills that will allow them to practice science independently. Especially in such a broad and practice-oriented MSc program as Spatial Development and Infrastructure Systems, it is important that all students develop a solid foundation of general scientific skills. In this course such general skills are taught.
ObjectiveThe aim of the course is to teach students starting a RE&IS Master basic skills that are not only required to successfully complete the RE&IS Master program, but are also important for the future career in science or practice. The course consists of two components covering the following topics:
-Learning the basics of the statistical software R
-Important aspects of sound scientific conduct and practice.
ContentThe first seven weeks of the course, students will learn the basics of the open-source software R, which is currently one of the most popular software programs for (statistical) data analysis and data modelling. During the computer lab sessions, students will learn how to read and write data from and to files, create and handle R objects such as vectors and data frames, plot data (histograms, boxplots, scattered plots and simple maps), write conditional statements as well as for- and while-loops. Each lab-session will start with a short lecture, after which students have to complete several exercises that have to be completed in order to pass the course.

In the following five weeks, issues related to scientific conduct, such as plagiarism or citation, will be discussed. In addition, the students will be introduced to proper citation style and the important elements in the design of tables and graphs. This part of the course will consist of lectures and exercises. Students have to complete the citation and the graph/table exercise in order to pass the course.

Two lectures in the course will be reserved for the students to work on their assignments.
Lecture notesA syllabus of the course will be handed out at the beginning of the course. Furthermore, handouts of the lectures and exercise materials will be made available during the course.
101-0509-10LNetwork Infrastructure 1 Restricted registration - show details O3 credits2GB. T. Adey, C. Kielhauser
AbstractThe course provides an introduction of how to make and defend estimates for spending on the maintenance of network infrastructure, and in evaluating multiple options in modifying network infrastructure in situations where there is substantial future uncertainty on the infrastructure requirements.
ObjectiveUpon completion of the course, students will
- be able to make and defend estimates for spending on the maintenance of network infrastructure
- be able to evaluate multiple options in modifying network infrastructure in situations where there is substantial future uncertainty on the infrastructure requirements
Content- Setting goals and constraints
- Predicting the future with certain demand
- Justifying interventions with certain demand
- Predicting the future with uncertain demand
- Justifying interventions with uncertain demand
Lecture notesAppropriate reading / study material will be handed out during the course.
Copies of the slides will be handed out at the beginning of each class.
LiteratureAppropriate literature will be handed out when required.
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