Short Learning Programme (SLP)


Department of Urban and Regional Planning
Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment
University of Johannesburg



Course Title

GIS Applications in Urban and Regional Planning (GIS1001)

Department  Department of Urban and Regional Planning (DURP)
School School of Civil Engineering and the Built Environment (SCEBE)
Faculty Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment (FEBE)
Course FeeR7500 
InstructorsAurobindo Ogra, and Ujaval Gandhi
Duration4 weeks (includes 24 hours of live contact session + 26 hours of lab session)
Course Date1-30 November 2020
Application Deadline

20 October 2020

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Background

The Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, University of Johannesburg is one of the 11 planning institutions of South Africa offering programmes in urban and regional planning. The department offers programmes in Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning (BURP), Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning (Honours), Masters in Urban and Regional Planning (Research), Masters in Sustainable Urban Planning and Development (MSUPD), and PhD (Urban and Regional and Planning). The Department/ University is a member of the Association of African Planning Schools (AAPS) and has strategic partnerships with other international institutions.  

GIS applications are widely used in development sectors such as urban planning and management, infrastructure planning, municipal reforms, community management, etc. The GIS facilitates day-to-day decision-making processes at various levels by local municipal organizations as well as by private sector companies. With rapid urbanization and industrialization, cities require technological and scientific approaches to resolve some of their pressing needs. GIS is one of the key technology areas which has witnessed rapid applications at various spheres of governance across the multitude of sectors. The inaugural SLP programme on 'GIS Applications in Urban and Regional Planning' is well timed in the context of cities gearing towards Industry 4.0 implementation within the smart eco-system. The SLP provides an option to various target groups to further strengthen their professional capabilities in terms of learning skills, technical knowledge, and application of GIS knowledge in practical fields. The programme is aimed to produce more trained practitioners to manage various facets of planning and development for improved governance, efficient delivery of public services, and strong decision support.

Course Objective

The online learning programme intends to provide skill-oriented learning in GIS applications in the built environment field. The course will also expose the participants to free and open-source software, open standards and open data enabling them to implement the solutions discussed in the course at their own organizations.

Target Group

The course is essentially targeted to professionals and researchers in the built environment field like Town and Regional Planners, Development Practitioners, Urban/Municipal Managers, Urban Researchers, Geographers, Graduates / Practitioners of similar professional fields who are interested to further their knowledge and skills in GIS field.

Eligibility

Candidates must have completed at least a National Diploma qualification in Town/Urban and Regional Planning or similar minimum qualification in other fields of Geography, Development Studies, Public Governance, Civil Engineering/ Technology, Environmental Sciences, and other related disciplines of the Built Environment sector. 

Course Outline & Outcomes

The course builds on the introduction/ overview of GIS sector and related technologies, global perspectives, theoretical concepts on spatial data and analysis and covers in-depth hands-on session on the relevant urban and regional planning domain sectors such as solid waste management, crime prevention and safety, spatial planning, land use management, transportation, and urban infrastructure/ utilities.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate an understanding of conceptual knowledge of urban thematic areas and the significance of GIS in the provision of effective and efficient cities.
  • Analyze selected thematic areas and identify key challenges and opportunities for GIS applications at various levels.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of applications of GIS in various thematic areas of the urban and regional planning sector.
  • Apply GIS techniques on selected urban thematic areas using open-source data for creative and analytical thinking for the purpose of problem-solving using Open-Source GIS QGIS.
  • Demonstrate the use of Open-Source GIS QGIS for improved governance, efficient delivery of public services and strong decision support using various techniques and approaches in urban and regional planning.

Course Delivery

The course is facilitated through the online learning platform of the University of Johannesburg (Blackboard System – Blackboard Collaborate Ultra). The course involves live online lectures, self-directed learning, discussions, quizzes, lab assignments and a final project. 

Course Plan

Weeks Contact Session Homework Assignment Thematic Coverage
Week 1 

Monday: 3 hours (Lecture + Discussion)

Wednesday: 3 hours (Lecture + Discussion)

Lab 1 (2 hours)  +Reading (1 hour)

Lab 2 (3 hours)

Solid Waste Management;

Crime Prevention and Safety

Week 2

Monday: 3 hours (Lecture  + Discussion)

Wednesday: 3 hours (Lecture  + Discussion)

Lab 3 (3 hours)

Lab 4 (3 hours)

Spatial Planning;

Land Use Management

Week 3

Monday: 3 hours (Lecture  + Discussion)

Wednesday: 1 hour (Office Hour)

Lab 5 (2 hours)

Project work (5 hours)

Transportation
Week 4

Monday: 3 hours (Lecture  + Discussion)

Wednesday: 1 hour (Office Hour)

Friday: 4 hours (Project presentations)

Lab 6 (2 hours)

Project work (5 hours)

Urban Infrastructure/ Utilities
Total 24 hours 26 hours 6 Thematic Areas

  

Download sample lab exercise on Crime Mapping and Analysis

Evaluation

Lab Exercises50% weightage
Class participation + Quizzes20% weightage
Final Project30% weightage

Passing grade: 70%

Software and Data

The lab exercises will be conducted using QGIS software. QGIS is the world's most popular open-source GIS software and is used across government and private organizations globally. The lab exercises will use a variety of spatial and non-spatial datasets. Each exercise will tackle a thematic area and will use real-world datasets from cities in South Africa. We will also have exercises using datasets from other countries that highlight the best practices in data collection, maintenance, and publication.

Certification

A certificate of participation would be issued to participants on successful course completion.

Instructor Profiles

 

Aurobindo Ogra is a Lecturer at the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment at the University of Johannesburg. Aurobindo got his Bachelor of Construction Technology and Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from CEPT University, India. He brings with him 18 years of international professional experience in academic, research, and consulting domains. Aurobindo is a Professional Planner (SACPLAN) and a member of various national and international professional and voluntary associations in the urban sector. He has worked on several multi-sectoral urban projects from multilateral and bilateral donor agencies, National, Provincial and Local Governments. He has provided expert consulting inputs in urban sector projects at the national and international level in the capacity of Team Leader, Technical Specialist/ Expert, and Team Member. He currently teaches, supervises postgraduate research, and provides industry consulting in areas of sustainable urban infrastructure and smart cities development.

Ujaval Gandhi is a Visiting Senior Research Associate with the Faculty Engineering and the Built Environment at the University of Johannesburg. Ujaval got his Masters in Geospatial Information Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. He joined Google Inc. in 2005 as one of the early employees of the mapping group. He spent 15 years working on various projects at Google including leading Google's GIS teams in India. He started his company Spatial Thoughts in 2019 and now offers a wide range of training programs to address the learning needs of geospatial professionals.


Further Information/ Contacts:

Aurobindo Ogra | aogra@uj.ac.za
Ujaval Gandhi | ujavalg@uj.ac.za 

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Short Learning Programme (SLP)
Department of Urban and Regional Planning | Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment
University of Johannesburg

Name

GIS Applications in Urban and Regional Planning (GIS011)

Department 

Department of Urban and Regional Planning (DURP)

School

School of Civil Engineering and the Built Environment (SCEBE)

Faculty

Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment (FEBE)

Course Fee

R7500 

Instructors

Aurobindo Ogra, and Ujaval Gandhi

Duration

4 weeks (includes 24 hours of live contact session + 26 hours of lab session)

Course Date

1-30 November 2020

Application Deadline

30 September 2020

Apply/ Registration  Link

Complete the Google Form: https://forms.gle/1GKv7ZNuzEdNpfVa8

 

Registration link:  https://registration.uj.ac.za/pls/prodi41/wuj012pkg.wuj012_startup

Background

The Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, University of Johannesburg is one of the 11 planning institutions of South Africa offering programmes in urban and regional planning. The department offers programmes in Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning (BURP), Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning (Honours), Masters in Urban and Regional Planning (Research), Masters in Sustainable Urban Planning and Development (MSUPD), and PhD (Urban and Regional and Planning). The Department/ University is a member of the Association of African Planning Schools (AAPS) and has strategic partnerships with other international institutions. 

 

GIS applications are widely used in development sectors such as urban planning and management, infrastructure planning, municipal reforms, community management, etc. The GIS facilitates day-to-day decision-making processes at various levels by local municipal organizations as well as by private sector companies. With rapid urbanization and industrialization, cities require technological and scientific approaches to resolve some of their pressing needs. GIS is one of the key technology areas which has witnessed rapid applications at various spheres of governance across the multitude of sectors. The inaugural SLP programme on ‘GIS Applications in Urban and Regional Planning’ is well timed in the context of cities gearing towards Industry 4.0 implementation within the smart eco-system. The SLP provides an option to various target groups to further strengthen their professional capabilities in terms of learning skills, technical knowledge, and application of GIS knowledge in practical fields. The programme is aimed to produce more trained practitioners to manage various facets of planning and development for improved governance, efficient delivery of public services, and strong decision support.

Course Objective

The online learning programme intends to provide skill-oriented learning in GIS applications in the built environment field. The course will also expose the participants to free and open-source software, open standards and open data enabling them to implement the solutions discussed in the course at their own organizations.

Target Group

The course is essentially targeted to professionals and researchers in the built environment field like Town and Regional Planners, Development Practitioners, Urban/Municipal Managers, Urban Researchers, Geographers, Graduates / Practitioners of similar professional fields who are interested to further their knowledge and skills in GIS field.

Eligibility

Candidates must have completed at least a National Diploma qualification in Town/Urban and Regional Planning or similar minimum qualification in other fields of Geography, Development Studies, Public Governance, Civil Engineering/ Technology, Environmental Sciences, and other related disciplines of the Built Environment sector. 

Course Outline & Outcomes

The course builds on the introduction/ overview of GIS sector and related technologies, global perspectives, theoretical concepts on spatial data and analysis and covers in-depth hands-on session on the relevant urban and regional planning domain sectors such as solid waste management, crime prevention and safety, spatial planning, land use management, transportation, and urban infrastructure/ utilities.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate an understanding of conceptual knowledge of urban thematic areas and the significance of GIS in the provision of effective and efficient cities.
  • Analyze selected thematic areas and identify key challenges and opportunities for GIS applications at various levels.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of applications of GIS in various thematic areas of the urban and regional planning sector.
  • Apply GIS techniques on selected urban thematic areas using open-source data for creative and analytical thinking for the purpose of problem-solving using Open-Source GIS QGIS.
  • Demonstrate the use of Open-Source GIS QGIS for improved governance, efficient delivery of public services and strong decision support using various techniques and approaches in urban and regional planning.

Course Delivery

The course is facilitated through the online learning platform of the University of Johannesburg (Blackboard System – Blackboard Collaborate Ultra). The course involves live online lectures, self-directed learning, discussions, quizzes, lab assignments and a final project. 

Course Plan

Weeks

Contact Session

Homework Assignment

Thematic Coverage

Week 1 

Monday: 3 hours (Lecture + Discussion)

Wednesday: 3 hours (Lecture + Discussion)

Lab 1 (2 hours)  +Reading (1 hour)

Lab 2 (3 hours)

Solid Waste Management;

Crime Prevention and Safety

Week 2

Monday: 3 hours (Lecture  + Discussion)

Wednesday: 3 hours (Lecture  + Discussion)

Lab 3 (3 hours)

Lab 4 (3 hours)

Spatial Planning;

Land Use Management

Week 3

Monday: 3 hours (Lecture  + Discussion)

Wednesday: 1 hour (Office Hour)

Lab 5 (2 hours)

Project work (5 hours)

Transportation

Week 4

Monday: 3 hours (Lecture  + Discussion)

Wednesday: 1 hour (Office Hour)

Friday: 4 hours (Project presentations)

Lab 6 (2 hours)

Project work (5 hours)

Urban Infrastructure/ Utilities

Total

24 hours

26 hours

6 Thematic Areas

Evaluation

Lab Exercises

50% weightage

Class participation + Quizzes

20% weightage

Final Project

30% weightage

Passing grade: 70%

Software and Data

The lab exercises will be conducted using QGIS software. QGIS is the world's most popular open-source GIS software and is used across government and private organizations globally. The lab exercises will use a variety of spatial and non-spatial datasets. Each exercise will tackle a thematic area and will use real-world datasets from cities in South Africa. We will also have exercises using datasets from other countries that highlight the best practices in data collection, maintenance, and publication.

 

Certification


A certificate of participation would be issued to participants on successful course completion.

 

 

Instructor Profiles

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/PIsEShQWOrPOV2tUYu6iOiT0kW7XjbSYvo_HqAu5VaGoHsoNlGB6vSeIej0NEYxJvequWtrjmStsxVR_1-JbdxVYynb6ubgT3aPTSmpq1IKWYL_54WQ93JxNahulBbzi-SxfAIQR

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/Wuu30y2QDYhrSF6lprkQSa1T4kxroFu52aM78CFrnhX37nizbtjjPXKTxgR7MhoOHCXEvuiu-C3eodVR8IRHJtuN93jsU9rDnRi8XHocdvZWoVpKdcN3s4lHUWJvQNz_vPG16vud










Aurobindo Ogra is a Lecturer at the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment at the University of Johannesburg. Aurobindo got his Bachelor of Construction Technology and Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from CEPT University, India. He brings with him 18 years of international professional experience in academic, research, and consulting domains. Aurobindo is a Professional Planner (SACPLAN) and a member of various national and international professional and voluntary associations in the urban sector. He has worked on several multi-sectoral urban projects from multilateral and bilateral donor agencies, National, Provincial and Local Governments. He has provided expert consulting inputs in urban sector projects at the national and international level in the capacity of Team Leader, Technical Specialist/ Expert, and Team Member. He currently teaches, supervises postgraduate research, and provides industry consulting in areas of sustainable urban infrastructure and smart cities development.

Ujaval Gandhi is a Visiting Senior Research Associate with the Faculty Engineering and the Built Environment at the University of Johannesburg. Ujaval got his Masters in Geospatial Information Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. He joined Google Inc. in 2005 as one of the early employees of the mapping group. He spent 15 years working on various projects at Google including leading Google’s GIS teams in India. He started his company Spatial Thoughts in 2019 and now offers a wide range of training programs to address the learning needs of geospatial professionals.

 

 

 

 

Further Information/ Contacts:

Aurobindo Ogra | aogra@uj.ac.za
Ujaval Gandhi | ujavalg@uj.ac.za


 

 

 

ort Learning Programme (SLP)
Department of Urban and Regional Planning | Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment
University of Johannesburg

Name

GIS Applications in Urban and Regional Planning (GIS011)

Department 

Department of Urban and Regional Planning (DURP)

School

School of Civil Engineering and the Built Environment (SCEBE)

Faculty

Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment (FEBE)

Course Fee

R7500 

Instructors

Aurobindo Ogra, and Ujaval Gandhi

Duration

4 weeks (includes 24 hours of live contact session + 26 hours of lab session)

Course Date

1-30 November 2020

Application Deadline

30 September 2020

Apply/ Registration  Link

Complete the Google Form: https://forms.gle/1GKv7ZNuzEdNpfVa8

 

Registration link:  https://registration.uj.ac.za/pls/prodi41/wuj012pkg.wuj012_startup

Background

The Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, University of Johannesburg is one of the 11 planning institutions of South Africa offering programmes in urban and regional planning. The department offers programmes in Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning (BURP), Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning (Honours), Masters in Urban and Regional Planning (Research), Masters in Sustainable Urban Planning and Development (MSUPD), and PhD (Urban and Regional and Planning). The Department/ University is a member of the Association of African Planning Schools (AAPS) and has strategic partnerships with other international institutions. 

 

GIS applications are widely used in development sectors such as urban planning and management, infrastructure planning, municipal reforms, community management, etc. The GIS facilitates day-to-day decision-making processes at various levels by local municipal organizations as well as by private sector companies. With rapid urbanization and industrialization, cities require technological and scientific approaches to resolve some of their pressing needs. GIS is one of the key technology areas which has witnessed rapid applications at various spheres of governance across the multitude of sectors. The inaugural SLP programme on ‘GIS Applications in Urban and Regional Planning’ is well timed in the context of cities gearing towards Industry 4.0 implementation within the smart eco-system. The SLP provides an option to various target groups to further strengthen their professional capabilities in terms of learning skills, technical knowledge, and application of GIS knowledge in practical fields. The programme is aimed to produce more trained practitioners to manage various facets of planning and development for improved governance, efficient delivery of public services, and strong decision support.

Course Objective

The online learning programme intends to provide skill-oriented learning in GIS applications in the built environment field. The course will also expose the participants to free and open-source software, open standards and open data enabling them to implement the solutions discussed in the course at their own organizations.

Target Group

The course is essentially targeted to professionals and researchers in the built environment field like Town and Regional Planners, Development Practitioners, Urban/Municipal Managers, Urban Researchers, Geographers, Graduates / Practitioners of similar professional fields who are interested to further their knowledge and skills in GIS field.

Eligibility

Candidates must have completed at least a National Diploma qualification in Town/Urban and Regional Planning or similar minimum qualification in other fields of Geography, Development Studies, Public Governance, Civil Engineering/ Technology, Environmental Sciences, and other related disciplines of the Built Environment sector. 

Course Outline & Outcomes

The course builds on the introduction/ overview of GIS sector and related technologies, global perspectives, theoretical concepts on spatial data and analysis and covers in-depth hands-on session on the relevant urban and regional planning domain sectors such as solid waste management, crime prevention and safety, spatial planning, land use management, transportation, and urban infrastructure/ utilities.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate an understanding of conceptual knowledge of urban thematic areas and the significance of GIS in the provision of effective and efficient cities.
  • Analyze selected thematic areas and identify key challenges and opportunities for GIS applications at various levels.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of applications of GIS in various thematic areas of the urban and regional planning sector.
  • Apply GIS techniques on selected urban thematic areas using open-source data for creative and analytical thinking for the purpose of problem-solving using Open-Source GIS QGIS.
  • Demonstrate the use of Open-Source GIS QGIS for improved governance, efficient delivery of public services and strong decision support using various techniques and approaches in urban and regional planning.

Course Delivery

The course is facilitated through the online learning platform of the University of Johannesburg (Blackboard System – Blackboard Collaborate Ultra). The course involves live online lectures, self-directed learning, discussions, quizzes, lab assignments and a final project. 

Course Plan

Weeks

Contact Session

Homework Assignment

Thematic Coverage

Week 1 

Monday: 3 hours (Lecture + Discussion)

Wednesday: 3 hours (Lecture + Discussion)

Lab 1 (2 hours)  +Reading (1 hour)

Lab 2 (3 hours)

Solid Waste Management;

Crime Prevention and Safety

Week 2

Monday: 3 hours (Lecture  + Discussion)

Wednesday: 3 hours (Lecture  + Discussion)

Lab 3 (3 hours)

Lab 4 (3 hours)

Spatial Planning;

Land Use Management

Week 3

Monday: 3 hours (Lecture  + Discussion)

Wednesday: 1 hour (Office Hour)

Lab 5 (2 hours)

Project work (5 hours)

Transportation

Week 4

Monday: 3 hours (Lecture  + Discussion)

Wednesday: 1 hour (Office Hour)

Friday: 4 hours (Project presentations)

Lab 6 (2 hours)

Project work (5 hours)

Urban Infrastructure/ Utilities

Total

24 hours

26 hours

6 Thematic Areas

Evaluation

Lab Exercises

50% weightage

Class participation + Quizzes

20% weightage

Final Project

30% weightage

Passing grade: 70%

Software and Data

The lab exercises will be conducted using QGIS software. QGIS is the world's most popular open-source GIS software and is used across government and private organizations globally. The lab exercises will use a variety of spatial and non-spatial datasets. Each exercise will tackle a thematic area and will use real-world datasets from cities in South Africa. We will also have exercises using datasets from other countries that highlight the best practices in data collection, maintenance, and publication.

 

Certification


A certificate of participation would be issued to participants on successful course completion.

 

 

Instructor Profiles

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/PIsEShQWOrPOV2tUYu6iOiT0kW7XjbSYvo_HqAu5VaGoHsoNlGB6vSeIej0NEYxJvequWtrjmStsxVR_1-JbdxVYynb6ubgT3aPTSmpq1IKWYL_54WQ93JxNahulBbzi-SxfAIQR

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/Wuu30y2QDYhrSF6lprkQSa1T4kxroFu52aM78CFrnhX37nizbtjjPXKTxgR7MhoOHCXEvuiu-C3eodVR8IRHJtuN93jsU9rDnRi8XHocdvZWoVpKdcN3s4lHUWJvQNz_vPG16vud










Aurobindo Ogra is a Lecturer at the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment at the University of Johannesburg. Aurobindo got his Bachelor of Construction Technology and Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from CEPT University, India. He brings with him 18 years of international professional experience in academic, research, and consulting domains. Aurobindo is a Professional Planner (SACPLAN) and a member of various national and international professional and voluntary associations in the urban sector. He has worked on several multi-sectoral urban projects from multilateral and bilateral donor agencies, National, Provincial and Local Governments. He has provided expert consulting inputs in urban sector projects at the national and international level in the capacity of Team Leader, Technical Specialist/ Expert, and Team Member. He currently teaches, supervises postgraduate research, and provides industry consulting in areas of sustainable urban infrastructure and smart cities development.

Ujaval Gandhi is a Visiting Senior Research Associate with the Faculty Engineering and the Built Environment at the University of Johannesburg. Ujaval got his Masters in Geospatial Information Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. He joined Google Inc. in 2005 as one of the early employees of the mapping group. He spent 15 years working on various projects at Google including leading Google’s GIS teams in India. He started his company Spatial Thoughts in 2019 and now offers a wide range of training programs to address the learning needs of geospatial professionals.

 

 

 

 

Further Information/ Contacts:

Aurobindo Ogra | aogra@uj.ac.za
Ujaval Gandhi | ujavalg@uj.ac.za