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SLE743 - Regional Development Modelling


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Robert Faggian




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Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 1 hour class per week, 3 hours per week of problem-based seminars (project exercises).

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin.


The unit provides students with the opportunities to learn about Geographical Information Science (GIS), spatial analysis and modelling techniques to support decision-making for better guidance of regional and rural development through integration of social, economic and physical factors.  A participatory, modelling approach that mixes data analysis with expert knowledge is introduced through the application of multi-criteria evaluation (MCE) and Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP) techniques. Topics also include forecasting of climate change and its effects on agriculture. Students are introduced to scenario modelling and forecasting and will provide the opportunity for students to develop an understanding of the importance of context and futures planning when thinking about complex real-world regional development problems.

Rather than try to turn students into experts, this unit makes a start by showing how to use GIS and spatial analysis where necessary, thereby enabling participants to ultimately become experts in the future through further practice. Emphasis is on the application of the techniques in several hands-on tutorial/project exercises which address various regional development issues.  Students may select a project relating to regional issues in her/his own country (Australia or overseas).

After undertaking this unit students will be able to select and apply techniques for pursuing spatial analysis and modelling of the kind that practically supports decision making and policy generation within any regional, rural authority.

Presentation is organised around explanations of various applied spatial and modelling techniques within a holistic approach towards regional development, and GIS is employed as a major implementing platform for such techniques.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this Unit

At the completion of this Unit
successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Present by using maps which focus on a particular situation of a region.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO2: Communication
GLO3: Digital literacy


Analyse and address regional, land-development issues
which incorporate various socio economic and physical factors, through application of selected spatial
modelling and multi-criteria evaluation techniques.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving


Perform more effective spatial allocation of land uses using optimisation techniques

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO3: Digital literacy
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving


Create future scenarios and study the effects of climatic factors upon agriculture

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Pursue project which uses suitable spatial and modelling techniques to address a selected, real-world
regional issue within Australia or overseas.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO2: Communication
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving


Make decisions for regional and rural development and thereby demonstrate an understanding of how to sensibly use spatial and modelling techniques.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO3: Digital literacy
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO6: Self-management

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Assessment Description Student output Weighting (% total mark for unit) Indicative due week
Maps Developing maps using GIS software (6 maps) 30% (6 x 5%) Weeks 2-7
Foresight report (group) Collaborative written report, 10- 12 pages 30% Week 9
Final project report (group) Project report (approximately 50-A4 pages) 40% Week 11

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: SLE743 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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