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Certificate course in

Urban Land Use Change and Modelling

Certification Certificate Location Start Duration EC Tuition fee Registration deadline OKP/MSP registration deadline Register
Certificate Netherlands 11 Jun 2018 3 weeks 5 EUR 1000 23 Apr 2018 Not applicable Register


This module develops the participants' conceptual understanding of several advanced methods for modelling urban land use change and their ability to select, develop and apply these methods in an appropriate manner. The module commences with introductory lectures, readings and discussions on the field of urban modelling, setting the stage for a series of short workshops in which specific methods and techniques are studied in depth and applied to case studies. The methods to be examined include image based change detection, system dynamics for urban land use change, spatial logistic regression for identifying drivers of urban land use change, Agent Based Models (Netlogo) and Cellular Automata models (Metronamica). This module provides a solid foundation for module 13 on networks and spatial interaction models.

For whom is the course relevant?

This course is relevant for researchers and professionals with an interest in contemporary approaches and  tools  for urban land use change modeling. It provides a theoretical background to a number of prominent modeling methods that are currently being developed and used in urban spatial modeling supported by exercises in which participants can apply a selection of modeling tools and develop their practical skills and an understanding of the relative strengths and weaknesses of these approaches.

What will be achieved?

Upon completion of the module participants should be able to:

  1. Explain the theoretic and modelling foundations of urban and regional land use change analysis.
  2. Describe the strengths and limitations of GIS in modelling land use change.
  3. Describe the functional requirements for a set of advanced modelling tools for urban land use change models and analysis in GIS and RS.
  4. Select and apply several specific methods for modelling urban growth and land use change through case studies, including techniques of visualizing dynamic spatial processes.

About your diploma

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a Certificate which will include the name of the course.

Along with your Certificate you will receive a Course Record providing all the subjects studied as part of the course. It states for each module: the module code, number, subject, ECTS credits, exam date, location and the mark awarded.

If the certificate course is part of the Postgraduate or Master’s programme at ITC and if you decide to take the full programme at ITC, you will be exempted from the module(s) you followed successfully as a certificate course.

What is the course content?

  • Urban and regional modelling foundations - stories, models and plans
  • Urban land use change detection
  • Urban land use change modelling
  • Key parameters for developing land use models and scenarios
  • Spatial Logistic Regression
  • Spatial system dynamics
  • CA modelling (Metronamica)
  • ABM models (Netlogo)
  • Visualizing dynamic phenomena in GIS
  • Measuring and modelling multi-functionality (e.g. spatial statistics - to measure and model processes such as densification, intensification, multi-functionality, etc.)
  • Positioning land use modelling in spatial planning.

Why choose this course?

Participants of this course will have a good understanding of the capabilities and applicability of a number of tools for urban modeling. The attention to practical skill development provides a basis for them to apply the tools on their own data sets and problems. This course also serves as a companion to the course on Networks and Spatial Interaction Modelling.


  • Knowledge of GIS and remote sensing at level of core modules or higher
  • Ability to independently apply GIS and RS software
  • Knowledge of statistical methods and tests (e.g. Chi Square test, regression analysis, etc).

Recommended knowledge

Familiarity with spatial planning and land use analysis in an urban/regional context.

Admission requirements

Academic level and background
Applicants for the Certificate programme should have a Bachelor degree or equivalent from a recognised university in a discipline related to the course, preferably combined with working experience in a relevant field.

Some courses in the Certificate programme or separate modules require knowledge of, and skills in, working with GIS and/or digital image processing of remotely sensed data.

Skills in taught or related subjects are a prerequisite for some courses in the Certificate programme or separate modules. Even if the applicant satisfies the overall admission requirements, acceptance is not automatic.

The faculty accepts transcripts, degrees and diplomas in the following languages: Dutch, English, German, French and Spanish. It is at the discretion of the faculty to require additional English translations of all documents in other languages as well.

English language
As all courses are given in English, proficiency in the English language is a prerequisite. If you are a national of one of the countries in this list (PDF), you are exempted from an English language test. Please note: the requirements when applying for fellowships may vary according to the regulations of the fellowship provider.

English language tests: minimum requirements
Only internationally recognised test results are accepted.

TOEFL Paper-based Test (PBT) 550
TOEFL Internet-based Test 79-80
British Council / IELTS 6.0
Cambridge CPE/CAE

Computer skills
Applicants lacking computer experience are strongly advised to follow basic courses in their home countries.

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