Urban Information Systems OpenCourseWare: A Free Graduate Study Urban Planning Course by MIT

Published Jan 15, 2009

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Students taking the free 'Urban Information Systems,' OpenCourseWare from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, will strengthen their computing and analytical skills as they pursue their own special interest projects or thesis proposals. Taking this free course requires knowledge of geographic information systems and database management and a basic understanding of how information and communication technologies apply to planning and development. This course is part of the Ph.D. Urban Studies and Planning curriculum and is geared toward students with a Master of City Planning.

Urban Information Systems: Course Specifics

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Urban Information Systems: Course Description

Students who take advantage of this free OpenCourseWare are exposed to current research and literature in urban planning and development. This course examines city knowledge, growth management, land market monitoring and the role information technology plays in each. Students take this course to pursue their Ph.D. Urban Studies and Planning while learning the benefits geographic information systems provide to local governments. This knowledge is applied to individual projects or thesis proposals. Literature and emerging technology are examined as part of the course. Students are free to select a specialized area of study related to their other graduate projects. 'Urban Information Systems' is guided by MIT Professor Joseph Ferreira Jr.

Readings, lecture notes and assignments are available for free online. If you're interested in taking this course, visit the urban information systems course page.

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