Intoduction to GIS - 15 ECTS
Almost everything in the World has a position, and almost everything changes over time. Geographical Information Science (GIS) helps us documenting, analysing, explaining and forecasting our environment.
In this introductory course you will both learn the theoretical concepts of GIS and the practical skills how to import, store, analyse and present geographical data. You will be using ArcGIS, one of the most advanced commercial software packages, and is provided to you for free. The geographical exercise data comes from many different parts of the world. The theoretical part is based on video lectures in combination with lecture notes and literature is freely available in digital formats.
This course is the start of iGEON, an Internet-based distance programme offering a balanced mix of theoretical knowledge and practical applications. In this course you will learn about cartography and map projections, raster/vector data models, geographical analyses, databases and attributes, data capture, and visualization. By completing the course you will
• have a basic, theoretical and practical understanding of GIS, and
• be able to work independently with various types of geographical data in a GIS.
The course includes both theoretical and practical exercises. We encourage you to work together with other students, even if the hand-ins must be written and submitted on an individual basis. To pass the course all exercises, both theoretical and practical, as well as a written exam have to be passed.
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