ECOS1088 Spatial land-use planning (3 cr)

Study level:
Advanced studies
Grading scale:
English, Finnish
Responsible organisation:
Department of Biological and Environmental Science
Curriculum periods:
2020-2021, 2021-2022, 2022-2023

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Theory and practical applications of land use planning with a focus on conservation.


The theoretical background and practical applications of spatial land use planning. Specific examples for conservation planning. The course involves learning-by-doing with Zonation software, which gives tools to utilize spatial data analysis in land-use planning.

Learning outcomes

After attending this course, the student:

  • Knows what kind of spatial land-use planning problems can be solved with utilizing Zonation.
  • Can exemplify the conservation applications of the analysis. 
  • Masters the basic functions of the software, understands its functional principles, and is aware of the limitations of the analysis. 
  • Is able to plan and conduct a simple Zonation analysis independently and knows how to acquire additional information through literature. 
  • Is able to plan a more complicated analysis when supported by a more experienced collaborator.

Description of prerequisites

Basic GIS skills (either course BENA4033 Basics of geoinformatics or corresponding experience in using a GIS software).

Study materials

Lectures, literature package and exercise materials in Moodle.

Completion methods

Method 1

Course is organised every second year.
Evaluation criteria:
Report on literature (case study), seminar presentation, final report of independent exercise, and learning diary are evaluated with a scale from 0 to 5. The overall grade of the course is the arithmetic mean of the grades.
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Parts of the completion methods

Teaching (3 cr)

Participation in teaching
Grading scale:
English, Finnish
Study methods:

Lectures, literature, demonstrations, learning diary, and practical exercise (group work).