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This lifelong learning course is also part of the training track for the master's degree in Geographical Information Systems.


Information 2020-21 edition
The 2020-21 edition of the lifelong learning course has already begun. Shortly we will publish updated information about the new edition of this programme.
17th Edition
9 ECTS (60 teaching hours)
Blended learning
Language of instruction
Notes payment of enrolment fee and 0,7% campaign
Registration open until the beginning of the course or until end of vacancies.
Next course
February 2022
Monday: 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Wednesday: 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Taught at
Tech Talent Center
C/ de Badajoz, 73-77
Why this programme?
The course consists of introducing the students to open data as an improvement to the dynamic knowledge of territorial changes. The means of access to those sources of information and their processing are complementary to the standard cartographers in strategic territorial studies.

The course examines various analytical systems of territorial attributes effective in decision-making, ranging from multi-criteria systems, to spatial relationships, to advanced linear systems aimed at establishing strategies based on dynamic segmentation and routing or navigation. However, various platforms are used, including ArcGIS, QGIS and Geomedia. For better monitoring of the program, it is advisable to have advanced knowledge of ArcGis and QGIS. In the case of not having this knowledge, the possible access of the interested parties will be studied personalized.
  • To find out about the main bases and sources of information, contents and exploitation processes related to territorial analysis.
  • To attain the technical ability to perform a structured process of territorial information analysis in a GIS environment.
  • To design and implement calculation systems to develop descriptors, indicators and parameters for territorial and municipal analysis.
Who is it for?
  • In theory, any professional wishing to work with data with a geospatial component is qualified to take the master's degree, and as such its students can come very diverse and numerous fields.

    Graduates from social sciences degree courses fields such as economics, geography, politics, journalism, social sciences, archaeology, etc.
  • Graduates from scientific and technological degree courses such as physical and environmental sciences, biology, geology, topography, geodesy, etc.
  • Architects and technical engineers.
  • Civil engineers and public works technical engineers.
  • Industrial engineers from various specialist fields.
  • Telecommunications and computer engineers and their technical specialist fields.
  • Professionals specialising in cooperation and development.
  • Professionals in the health, agriculture, tourism, business, etc. sectors.
  • Specialist in regional management and administration in the public or private sector.
  • Business managers, strategy managers and entrepreneurs wishing to explore new business opportunities in this field.

Training Content

List of subjects
4 ECTS 28h
Advanced Analytical Systems: Aggregations, GeoPositioning and Routing
  • Definition of strategic territorial analysis vectors.
  • Application workshop: for implementing areas of activity in ArcGis.
  • Definition and tools of GeoMedia technology.
  • Application workshop: connections, visualisations, spatial analysis, influence, topology.
5 ECTS 35h
Strategic Land Studies
  • Concepts and tools for Land Planning and Management.
  • Case studies: analysis and proposal vs planning and monitoring.
  • Content and exploitation of data from the l'Institut Cartogràfic i Geològic de Catalunya, Àrea Metropolitana de Barcelona, Mapa Urbanístic de Catalunya databases and other open data, such as the Government of Catalonia's data.
  • Introduction to data manipulation and spatial analysis with the Python and R languages, with their open source libraries.
Lifelong learning diploma issued by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Issued pursuant to art. 34.1 of Organic Law 4/2007 of 12 April, amending Organic Law 6/2001 of 21 December, concerning Universities. To obtain this degree it is necessary to have an official. Otherwise, the Fundació Politècnica de Catalunya will only award them a a certificate of completion. (Ver datos que constan en el certificado).
Range of modules
This lifelong learning course is part of the training track for the master's degree in Geographical Information Systems .
The master's degree programme is organized into the following modules. If you don't wish to take the entire master's degree you can sign on one or several modules.
Master's degree:
relation Postgraduate courses:
relation Lifelong learning courses:

Learning methodology

The teaching methodology of the programme facilitates the student's learning and the achievement of the necessary competences.

Learning tools
Participatory lectures
A presentation of the conceptual foundations of the content to be taught, promoting interaction with the students to guide them in their learning of the different contents and the development of the established competences.
Practical classroom sessions
Knowledge is applied to a real or hypothetical environment, where specific aspects are identified and worked on to facilitate understanding, with the support from teaching staff.
Case studies
Real or hypothetical situations are presented in which the students, in a completely participatory and practical way, examine the situation, consider the various hypotheses and share their own conclusions.
Assessment criteria
At least 80% attendance of teaching hours is required.
Work out projects
Studies on a specific topic, by individuals or groups, in which the quality and depth of the work is assessed, among other factors.
Work placements & employment service
Students can access job offers in their field of specialisation on the My_Tech_Space virtual campus. Applications made from this site will be treated confidentially. Hundreds of offers of the UPC School of Professional & Executive Development employment service appear annually. The offers range from formal contracts to work placement agreements.
Virtual campus
The students on this lifelong learning course will have access to the My_ Tech_Space virtual campus - an effective platform for work and communication between the course's students, lecturers, directors and coordinators. My_Tech_Space provides the documentation for each training session before it starts, and enables students to work as a team, consult lecturers, check notes, etc.

Teaching team

Teaching staff
  • Biere Arenas, Rolando Mauricio
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    Architect by the University of Valparaíso (Chile), Master in Urban Management by the FPC-UPC and Master in Management and Urban Assessment by the UPC. Professor of the Department of Technology in Architecture of the UPCCourse coordinator of the training programs organized by the Center for Land Policy and Valuations (CPSV), in which he also works as a researcher. Invited professor in the themes of Urban Management, Planning and ICT applied to territorial and urban analysis.
  • Marmolejo Duarte, Carlos
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    REV. Dr. Architect, Master in Real Estate Consultancy, Full Professor of the UPC. Researcher of the Center for Land Policy and Valuations, responsible for drafting the ACE Magazine: Architecture, City and Environment. Its central research topics focus on the analysis of the preferences of users of urban and real estate projects in the context of the design and promotion of projects of that type; also in the analysis of the impact of environmental externalities on urban values. The study of new methods of delimitation of real estate sub-markets and the impact of the urban structure on urban values ​​are also part of their interest, which translates into a wide collection of publications. He is a member of the Recognition Committee of The European Group of Valuers Associations, and of the Access and Evaluation Committee of the Spanish Association of Real Estate and Urban Appraisal.

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Next you will receive a welcome email detailing the three steps necessary to formalize the enrolment procedure:

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Once the fee has been paid and we have all your documentation, we will assess your candidacy and, if you are admitted on the course, we will send you a letter of acceptance. This document will provide you with all the necessary information to formalize the enrolment process for the programme.

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