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Spatial Decision Support Systems (ITC)(DE)

Degree type
certificate
Language of education
English (100%)
Duration
8 weeks
Tuition fee EU/EEA
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Education type
Parttime
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Accreditations
NVAO
Type of institution
Research University
City
Enschede

Program description

This course introduces you to techniques for selecting and processing data to generate meaningful and timely information to support the better management of resources.

Increasingly, the generation of relevant information is the problem since (according to American political scientist, economist and psychologist Herbert Simon) a wealth of information creates poverty of attention.

This course introduces you to techniques for selecting and processing data to generate meaningful and timely information to support the better management of resources. To improve decision making, the required information, tools, techniques, models and decision-making procedures can be integrated in a user-friendly information processing system called a spatial decision support system (SDSS). In contrast to other geo-information systems, an SDSS provides insight into assessments of tradeoffs between the various options open to decision makers.

The course is intended for organizations, individual practitioners and spatial analysts with a professional or academic background who support spatial planning and decision-making processes.

Objectives
Understand the principles of decision-making processes and the content and purposes of the decision support systems; apply spatial multicriteria evaluation techniques in proposing an appropriate solution to a spatial problem.

Instruction modes
Distance course. Self-study combined with intensive online support from ITC lecturers. Task-based learning that blends theory and practice. Study load is 16-24 hours per week. Materials and software provided both online and on CD ROM.

Curriculum
Framework for planning and decision making; basic principles of decision making processes; content and architecture of DSS; role of SDSS in decision making processes; performing spatial multi-criteria analysis to solve spatial problems.

About the University of Twente

The University of Twente focuses on the development of technology and its impact on people and society. It offers bachelor, master and postgraduate programs in the field of Technology, Behavioral and Social Sciences. University of Twente students are always encouraged to look beyond the boundaries of their own field and establish links with other disciplines.

High tech, human touch. This is what characterizes the University of Twente. Some 3,300 scientists and other professionals working together on cutting-edge research, innovations with real-world relevance and inspiring education for more than 9,000 students. The enterprising university encourages students to develop an entrepreneurial spirit and is a partner of Knowledge Park Twente.

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Admission requirements

Previous education

BSc degree or equivalent in discipline related to the course; good basic GIS and computer skills; some understanding of e-learning environment.

Professional experience

Mid-career practitioners and spatial analysts with professional or academic background, experiences in planning and decision making.

Language requirements

IELTS overall band: 5.5, TOEFL computer based: 173, TOEFL internet based: 61, TOEFL paper based: 500, CAE: C1, CPE: C2

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