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Western University

Department of Geography

Geography 3421A: Location Theory and Analysis

 

 

Lectures

Labs

Location:

SSC-1004 

SSC-1316A 

Days:

Wednesday

Thursday

Hours:

10:30-12:30pm

10:30-12:30pm

 

Prerequisite: Geography 2420A/B or permission of the instructor.

 “Unless you have either the requisites for this course or written special permission from your Dean to enroll in it, you may be removed from this course and it will be deleted from your record. This decision may not be appealed. You will receive no adjustment to your fees in the event that you are dropped from a course for failing to have the necessary prerequisites.”

Instructor Information

Name: Jacek Malczewski

Contact information:

Office:        

SSC 2422   

E-mail:

jmalczew@uwo.ca

Phone:

611-2111 ext. 85030

Office hours:

Tuesday 3:30 - 4:30pm

Wednesday 9:30 - 10:30am

and by appointment

Course Syllabus

“An examination of public and private facility location theory. Industrial location, retailing and public facility location approaches are discussed. GIS-based techniques for location analysis are applied in practical sessions”

There are three objectives of the course:

(i)   to overview location theories,

(ii)  to introduce basic techniques for location analysis, and

(iii) to apply GIS-based techniques for location analysis.

Attendance at lecture class is optional, but highly recommended. The course material is cumulative. Missing a single lecture may, therefore, be critical. It is the student’s responsibility to cover any material missed.

 

LECTURE SCHEDULE

Date

Topics

Readings

Sep. 13

Introduction

 

Sep. 20 – Oct. 25

 

Theories of economic location

·         Neoclassical approaches

·         Behavioral approaches

·         Structural approaches

Healey & Ilbery, pp.14-30;

Healey & Ilbery, pp. 183-190

Chapman & Walker, pp. 18-57

Church & Murray, pp. 1-17

Oct. 25 – Nov. 29

 

Location analysis

·         Site suitability analysis

·         Network analysis

·         Location-allocation models

·         Spatial interaction models

Church & Murray, pp. 107-134

Church & Murray, pp. 259-272

Ghosh & McLafferty, pp. 87-177

Malczewski, Lecture notes

Dec. 6, 2017

·         Synthesis

 

Sep. 27, 2017

No class (Field trips)

 

Oct. 11, 2017

Fall Reading Week

 

Nov. 1, 2017

MID-TERM TEST

Course Materials

Readings:

(The textbooks are placed on reserve in the D.B. Weldon Library)

Chapman K. and Walker D. F., 1991, Industrial Location, 2nd Edition, Cambridge: Basil Blackwell. DBW HD58.C37 1991

Church R. L. and A. T. Murray, 2009, Business site selection, location analysis, and GIS, Hoboken, N.J.: John Wiley, BUS HD58.C48 2009  

Ghosh A. and McLafferty S. L., 1987, Location Strategies for Retail and Service Firms, Lexington: Lexington Books. BUS HF5429.275.G47 1987

Healey M. J. and Ilbery B. W., 1990, Location and Change: Perspectives on Economic Geography, Oxford University Press. DBW HF1025.H4 1990

Malczewski J., 2015, Location-allocation analysis, Lecture Notes

 

MARKS

Student #

Lab 1

Mid-term

250755801

85

84

250737814

86

83

250745890

91

88

250786632

85

81

250755386

87

84

250876190

85

90

250793622

85

76

250857054

87

88

 

Methods of Evaluation of Assignments

LAB SCHEDULE

Lab #

Date

Topic

Due date

Readings

1

Nov. 9

Site selection/suitability analysis

Nov. 16

Using ArcGIS: Spatial Analyst

2

Nov. 16

Location-allocation models: Network analysis

Nov. 23

ArcGIS Network Analyst Tutorial

3

Nov. 23

Location-allocation models

Nov. 30

ArcGIS Network Analyst Tutorial

4

Nov. 30

Spatial interaction models

Dec. 7

ArcGIS Network Analyst Tutorial 

 

i.     Laboratory exercises are the means by which you can gain practical experience in lecture material. They provide the opportunity to explore and learn.

ii.    The lab component of this course consists of four assignments worth 25% your final grade.

iii.   The labs are quantitative. Although mathematical detail is not emphasized, competence in simple mathematical notions and arithmetic manipulations are fundamental. Computations will be performed with computers using ArcGIS and Excel.

iv.  The bulk of the work for the assignments will be done on your own outside of the classroom. If you have problems with any aspect of the assignments, please come and talk to me during my office hours.

v.    Assignments will be available on the course Website http://publish.uwo.ca/~jmalczew/3421.htm.

vi.  Attendance at labs is mandatory and absence will be penalised by deduction of 2% of the total course mark for each lab missed. Assignments handed in after the due date will not be accepted.

vii. Each exercise will have a due date and should be handed in during the respective lab session. An assignment loses 10% of its total possible value for each day late. Assignments more than 5 days late will not be accepted. Medical and compassionate grounds, accomplished by suitable documentation, may be accepted as justification for late assignment submission. Labs must be stapled securely, and clearly labelled with your name, student number. Labs must be typed or hand-written legibly.

 

Grads will be based on composite performances for the following:

Mid-term Test (100 min. Nov. 1, 2017)

35%

Final Exam (2h., TBA)     

40%

Exercises              

25%

 

In accordance with university policy, missed tests and exams cannot be made up except on written medical grounds and notification prior to test/exam date.  For UWO Policy on Accommodation for Medical Illness and a downloadable SMC see: http://www.uwo.ca/univsec/pdf/academic_policies/appeals/accommodation_medical.pdf

Students seeking academic accommodation on medical grounds for any missed tests, exams, participation components and/or assignments worth 10% or more of their final grade must apply to the Academic Counselling office of their home Faculty and provide documentation. Academic accommodation cannot be granted by the instructor or department.

Additional Statements

Statement on Use of Electronic Devices

No electronic devices will be allowed during tests and examinations.

Statement on Academic Offences

“Scholastic offences are taken seriously and students are directed to read the appropriate policy, specifically, the definition of what constitutes a Scholastic Offence, at the following Web site:

http://www.uwo.ca/univsec/pdf/academic_policies/appeals/scholastic_discipline_undergrad.pdf

 “All required papers may be subject to submission for textual similarity review to the commercial plagiarism detection software under license to the University for the detection of plagiarism. All papers submitted for such checking will be included as source documents in the reference database for the purpose of detecting plagiarism of papers subsequently submitted to the system. Use of the service is subject to the licensing agreement, currently between The University of Western Ontario and Turnitin.com (http://www.turnitin.com).”

 “Computer-marked multiple-choice tests and/or exams may be subject to submission for similarity review by software that will check for unusual coincidences in answer patterns that may indicate cheating.”

 

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Mental Health

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http://www.uwo.ca/uwocom/mentalhealth/.

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