Detailed Description of Introduction to GIS

Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (15 ECTS)

1. Basic information

This syllabus is ratified by the Education Committee of the Faculty of Science 2012-05-24. The syllabus is valid from 2012-09-01. The course is at the basic level (G1N).

2. General information

The course is part of the internet based programme ‘GIS and Earth Observation for Environmental modeling and Natural resource management’ (iGEON). The course is compulsory for the double degree: Master of Science in Geographical Information Science and Earth Observation, University of Twente, Faculty ITC, the Netherlands and Master of Science in Geographical Information Science of Lund University, Sweden. The course is also given as a single subject course. The language of instruction is English. The course is fully based on distance learning, with all material distributed over the Internet. It is flexible in the sense that students can study full time (100%), half time (50%), or with a 25% study tempo.

The course is also part of the main field of study in Physical Geography and Ecosystems Science at the Faculty of Science. The course is an elective course on advanced level for a Master’s degree in Geographical Information Science, Faculty of Science, Lund University, Sweden.

3. Learning outcomes

The aim of the course is to give basic knowledge of concepts and methods of managing, analysis, and interpretation of geographical data with Geographical Information Systems (GIS) as well as an introduction to Cartography and Geodesy. After having successfully completed the course, the student should have acquired the following knowledge, understanding and skills:

Knowledge and understanding

Proficiency and skills

After the course the student is expected to be able to:

·         organize and manipulate geographical data in computers,

·         independently perform basic analyses of geographical raster and vector data by using standard GIS software,

·         present in writing  the work process and results from collection and analysis of geographical data,

·         statistically analyze and interpret spatial data at a basic level

·         use simple databases (basic SQL),

·         search for and acquire widely accessible geographical data sets

 Attitude and ability to appraise

 4. Course contents

The course gives a wide-ranging theoretical basis for working with digital geographical data. Understanding of the representation and analysis of spatial elements is emphasized. The course also demonstrates general geographical problem formulation in environmental and societal contexts using practical GIS-applications in both Swedish and international settings, ranging from local to regional scales. Basic cartography (including projections and reference systems), geographical data in digital form (maps, images, tables), basic analysis of geographical data in vector and raster formats, as well as visualization of and presentation of digital map data are included. Students will also learn communication techniques. Special emphasis will be place on cartographic visualization of digital geographic data.

5. Teaching and assessment

Examination is in the form of a written home exam, and through passed individual exercises. Students who fail the regular exam are offered another opportunity.

6. Grades

Students are graded as follows: High Pass, Pass, Fail. In order to pass the course the student is required to have passed the exam, all compulsory exercises, and to have participated in all compulsory course projects.

7. Prerequisites

The following are required for admission to the course: Basic admission requirements of Lund University.