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2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

GEOG2100 Planning Services for Changing Populations

20 creditsClass Size: 100

Module manager: Dr Myles Gould

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module considers the provision of public and private services from both demand and supply side perspectives. We provide a brief introduction to demography and population geography and use this to outline small-area inequalities in income, health, well-being and demand for public and private services. We consider the provision of healthcare, and retailing in urban and rural contexts. We focus on the application of spatial analysis to capture demand, supply and measures of utilization and accessibility. These core themes are taught via lectures and, linked practical work drawing on both contemporary examples and historical views.


By the end of this module, students should have acquired:
- an appreciation of key issues in population, health and retail geographies and their relationship with the provision of services
- knowledge of the processes affecting inequalities in the provision of public and private sector services at a variety of spatial scales
- an ability to apply statistical and spatial analysis to identify area-based inequalities and relate these to underlying service provision
- an understanding of spatial data sources and spatial analytic tools and techniques that link needs/demand and service provision through measures of accessibility
- employability skills relevant to a range of public and private sector organisations and for ongoing research within this application area

Learning outcomes
1. An understanding of the importance of population analysis in identifying neighbourhood inequalities in income, health, and wellbeing and their importance in determining the need /demand for public and private sector services.

2. Knowledge of the factors and processes that underpin provision, utilisation and accessibility of public and private sector services. 3. An in-depth awareness of key drivers of area-based inequalities in public and private sector service provision and their relationships with underlying urban and rural geographies

4. An appreciation of the range of spatial data and spatial/statistical analysis techniques that are used in the analysis, planning and evaluation of public and private services.

5. An ability to critique the application of spatial analysis techniques to a diverse range of examples of service provision within urban and rural contexts and at different spatial scales.

Skills outcomes
QAA subject-specific skills
- spatial awareness and observation
- abstraction and synthesis of information
- developing a reasoned argument
- assessing the merits of contrasting theories and explanations
- numeracy and statistical literacy
- the handling of large datasets
- preparing effective maps, diagrams and visualisations
- methods for the collection and analysis of spatial and environmental information (for example: GIS, remote sensing, statistical and mathematical modelling)
- taking responsibility for learning and reflection upon that learning

QAA knowledge and understanding
- the concept of spatial variation
- an appreciation of temporal change
- a critical awareness of the significance of spatial and temporal scale
- distinctiveness of place
- able to use critically a systems framework to conceptualise patterns, processes, interactions and change in the physical world
- knowledge of the main dimensions and scales of economic, social, political and environmental inequality and difference
- knowledge and critical understanding of the diverse manners of representation
- numeric skills
- geo-located data and geospatial technologies
- geographical knowledge and understanding


Lecture and practical content covers the following broad areas:

- applications of population geography, demography and spatial analysis
- small-area inequalities and urban/rural divides
- the geographies of income, health and well-being
- demand for and supply of public and private services
- spatial analysis and evaluation of services in terms of use and accessibility
- spatial planning for healthcare
- changing geographies of retail service provision
- using spatial analysis for retail location planning

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours173.00
Total Contact hours27.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Students will undertake general reading associated with the 20 lectures (60 hours)
Additional follow up on practical work and preparation of practical portfolio assessments (60 hours)
Revision and preparation for examination (40 hours)

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Informal formative feedback will be provided by short activities and Q&A undertaken in lectures
Ongoing individualised formative feedback also provided in practical sessions by module teaching team or demonstrators

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
PortfolioPortfolio of selected practical outputs . 1,800 word equivalent60.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)60.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc) (S1)1 hr 30 mins40.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)40.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 28/04/2023 14:56:05


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