Urban Research Methods

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  • Quartile: 3
    Time Slot: C
    Course Type: Core Course
    Code: 7ZW7M0
    Responsible Lecturer: prof.dr. T.A. Arentze
    ECTS: 5
    Exams: Yes
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    Course description:

    In this course students learn core research and evaluation methods for urban planning/management. The focus is on quantitative methods and evaluation techniques. The following topics are covered:
    – Decision processes in urban planning and management
    – Developing a conceptual model for a research problem
    – Data analysis and modeling techniques

    • Regression analysis
    • Discrete choice modeling (incl. stated choice experiments)

    – Evaluation techniques for decision making
    – Survey methodologies.
    Research methods are relevant in the first stages of the decision process where the aim is to generate knowledge about a problem or possible actions. Evaluation techniques are relevant in the last stage where the aim is to determine a preference ranking of action alternatives. The techniques are explicitly positioned in a decision process model.
    The course consist of a series of lectures and literature study. Each lecture is complementary to the literature studied and accompanied by a practical where the students apply the theory to a case.



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