• SSPL9032
  • Climate Change-Policy&Analysis

  • Credits (ECTS): 5
  • Spatial Planning and Transport

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Module Description

Modelling techniques provide researchers, policy makers, managers and decision makers with a way of investigating the natural and built environment. Modelling can lead to a better understanding of the nature and dynamics of both natural and constructed systems and consequently facilitate a greater appreciation of the consequences of policy implementation and decision making on the environment. This module addresses the basic principles of systems analysis and environmental modelling. The module introduces the student to the fundamental principles of system dynamics, the theoretical context of model development, the modelling process and the general approach to model construction (using MS Excel as a programming language).

Module Aims

The aim of this module is to introduce students to the field of environmental modelling and to develop skills in the construction of simple environmental models.

Indicative Syllabus

The module will address:
how to model patterns of growth and decay, oscillating systems and systems with feedback
parameterisation and sensitivity analysis in model design
programme syntax in model construction and operation using MS Excel
the concept of general systems theory and systems behaviour
the conceptual basis of model development
the fundamentals of stochastic and deterministic phenomena in modelling
the problems of complexity in the natural and built environment including such issues as reductionism, emergence, hierarchical control and communication
the process of system definition and the general modelling approach

ISCED:0520: Environment not defined
Total Contact Teaching Hours:36
Class Size:20

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