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Geographical Information Systems, basic course


Course contents


This course gives you a broad practical and theoretical knowledge for future work with digital geographical data and GIS (Geographical Information Systems).

You will learn how to manage, analyse and visualise digital geographical data, and how to use these to solve geographical problems within environmental and planning applications. This applies both in a national and international context. Topics within the GIS technique covered by the course are, among others:

  • basic cartography, including map projections and reference systems
  • geographical data in digital formats (such as maps, images, tables etc.)
  • positioning using GPS
  • basic analysis of geographical data in raster and vector formats, and
  • cartographic and graphic presentation of digital map data.

The course is given in English, although Swedish students may choose a Swedish course book.


The course consists of lectures, practicals, field exercises, seminars, group work and project work.

Course coordinator

Course facts: NGEA11

Level: Basic
Credits: 15 ECTS
Period: Fall, period 1
Language of instruction: English
Prerequisites: General admission requirements.

Course curriculum