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Geographic Information Systems


Course Descriptions:

This course is intended to introduce the basic concepts, principles and techniques usually provided as the first course in the study of GIS. It comprises both lecture and practical parts. The lecture focuses on providing the required theoretical knowledge, and the practical part aims at providing hands-on skills enhancing the theoretical lessons, and working with GIS hardware and software tools. The course is organized into a number of topics that can be grouped into four broad categories: Basic geographic, cartographic and geodetic principles relevant to GIS (coordinate and reference systems, map projection, map design and visualization techniques etc.); digital representation of geographic data (modeling spatial data:  types of spatial data models, spatial data structures, and physical organization).


At the end of the course participants must be able to:

  1. Explain the principles and use the vocabulary of GIS:
  2. Describe the nature of geographic phenomena and their representation in the context of geo-informatics;
  3. Outline the principal data models for spatial and non-spatial data used in GIS databases;
  4. Outline the main components of a GIS and their functions;
  5. Explain the relationship between spatial data and coordinate systems;
  6. Outline the main spatial data analysis functions;
  7. Outline the principal rules for cartographic visualization;
  8. Describe aspects of data quality and how various stages of spatial data handling affect it.
  9. Carry out basic GIS operations:
  10. Carry out basic data preparation, geo-referencing and data entry into a GIS;
  11. Perform basic manipulation, analysis and visualization operations using a GIS;
  12. Apply basic data quality assessment procedures.
  13. Apply appropriate GIS methods for problem solving:
  14. Understand the capabilities, uses and limitations of GIS in their field of application;
  15. Design and carry out sequential data processing steps for solving a typical application problem;
  16. Evaluate the results of data processing;

 Course Content:

  • Introduction
  • Basic geographic, cartographic and geodetic principles
  • Digital representation of geographic data
  • GIS data sources and inputs
  • GIS data processing and analysis