The course is intended to familiarize students with the logic of research design and its core elements, and a broad range of data analytical methods and techniques in urban planning, environmental decision-making, and socio-spatial research.

This course will focus on introducing students to the use of geographic information system (GIS) and remotely sensed data for urban and environmental analysis. Students will learn to work with urban spatial databases including data sets pertaining to land use/land cover, parcel records, census demographics, environmental issues, disaster and climate change impacts, etc.

The thesis seminar prepares UEM second-year Masters students for developing their own thesis. The students will receive counseling in how to formulate a comprehensive research proposal and conduct the individual research project for their master thesis. Part of the course will be based on work in groups, where the students will present and comment each other’s proposals and reports, revise these with regards to the feedback from fellow students and teacher, before it is submitted for final approval. Course goals and learning objectives are; 1) completing the research; 2) completing a thesis; and 3) being successful in degree.