Detailed Description of Web GIS

1. Basic information

This syllabus is ratified by the Education Committee of the Faculty of Science 2012. The syllabus is valid from 2012-09-01. The course is at the advanced level (A1N).

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 an elective 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 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 that students, after having successfully completed the course, should have acquired the following knowledge, understanding and skills:

Knowledge and understanding

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

Proficiency and skills

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

Attitude and ability to appraise

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

4. Course contents

The course consists of the following parts:

In basic courses, the students become familiar with GIS as an information system that is used on a standalone computer. The purpose of this course is to study how GIS can be used in a client-server environment where communication takes place via the Internet. Part of the course also deals with cartographic rules for monitors. The lectures deal with the most

important techniques for the transmission of spatial data over the Internet. Exercises are mainly focused on creating GIS services on the Internet using various software systems, and custom coding of markup languages and scripting languages. The course ends with a larger project in which the student will create a GIS service on the Internet.

5. Teaching and assessment

Teaching consists of lectures, practical and theoretical exercises and seminars. Exercises and seminars are compulsory.

Examination is in the form of a written exam, and through approved individual exercises.

6. Grades

Students are graded for the course according to the following levels: High Pass (distinction), Passed, and Failed.

In order to pass the course the student is required to have passed all compulsory exercises, and to have participated in all compulsory course elements including the project.

7. Entrance qualifications

The following are required for admission to the course: Basic admission requirements of Lund University, and at least 1.5 years full time studies at university level, including  iGEON compulsory courses of semester 1 and 2 (35 ECTS).

8. Literature

According to a list established by the department, available at least five weeks before the start of the course.