SLE743 - Regional Development Modelling


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Online
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125


Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: Nil
Study commitment

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

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 1 hour lecture per week, 1 x 3 hour practical experience (computer practical) per week.

Scheduled learning activities - online

Online independent and collaborative learning including 6 x 3 hour online practical experience (computer practical) per trimester (typically held weeks 2-7).


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.

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