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Spatial Analytics (ABPL90408)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5Not available in 2019

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Year of offerNot available in 2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeABPL90408
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Spatial Analytics is the study of geospatial digital data, information, knowledge and models to understand trends, complexities and inform decision process. The subject explores a range of approaches at the intersection of spatial information, statistics and policy to further students’ understanding of the built environment.

The new science of cities is driven by the deluge of data that enables the mapping of new geographies that can be explored, analysed and synthesized. Studies of urban settlements require a deeper knowledge of digital data and how to access, interrogate and synthesis such data.

A range of research methods will be considered in combination with case studies to provide fundmental skills in spatial analysis and sharpen critical spatial and geographical thinking. Case studies will be based on contemporary problems in health, urban planning and real estate for evidence-based and evidence-informed decision making.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Understand the rationale for using spatial information
  • Understand and deploy common approaches to interrogate spatial information
  • Infer Spatial relation in and between datasets 

  • Understand scale and spatial relation
  • Identify Spatial autocorrelation
  • Model building for evaluation and prediction
  • Understanding the limits of models and data
  • Synthesize fine scale data to support decision making on multiple scales
  • Conduct spatial-statistical analysis of data

Generic skills

Students will be provided with the opportunity to practice and reinforce:

  • High level written communication skills
  • Advanced information and interpretation skills
  • Advanced analytic, integration and problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrate competence in critical and theoretical thinking through report writing and online discussions

Eligibility and requirements


Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
MAST90130 Critical Thinking with Analytics
Term 1
Term 3
Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
ABPL90407 Representing Spatial Information 12.5
  • Master of Urban Design
  • Master of Urban Planning
  • Master of Architecture
  • Master of Property



Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


  • Assessment for critical reflection (1/2)
  • 750 words
Week 215%
  • Assessment for critical reflection (2/2)
  • 750 words
Week 415%
  • Case study proposal and design
  • 1000 words
Week 520%
  • Student Project
  • 2500 words
Week 950%

Dates & times

Not available in 2019

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    Students will have access to electronic copies of relevant readings

  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 19 July 2019