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Geographical Information Systems - Introduction 1

GISA23 online 7,5 Credits

The course is a freestanding course that is given as an introduction to the subject. Together with the course GISA24 (7.5 credits) the course provides an entry to further studies in the area geographical information science. The course is given as distance-learning via the internet at 100 % or 50 % study pace.

Course content

The aim of the course is to give basic theoretical and practical knowledge about concepts and methods for treatment and analysis of geographic data with geographical Information systems, (GIS), and an introduction to cartography and geodesy.

The course also highlights general geographic problems within environment and society through practical GIS-applications. These treat both Swedish and international conditions and vary in scale from local to regional. You will learn to describe different conceptual models of spatial phenomena, data models and storage, and advantages and disadvantages with the models. On completion of the course, you will know how to organise and handle digital geographic data in vector format. You will be able to independently carry out basic analyses of geographic data in vector format by using standard software for GIS.
Special emphasis is given on cartographic presentation of digital geographic data. In the course, training in oral and written communication is also included.

Course design

This course is distributed via the internet. The course is flexibly designed and you can choose between 50 % or 100 % study pace. The course is divided into thematic modules. All theoretical sections are
composed by recorded video lectures and text material. Each section contains theoretical and practical written assignments. Written assignments are compulsory.

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Course facts

Level: Basic
Credits: 7,5 ECTS
Period: Spring and autumn
Language of instruction: English
Prerequisites:  General admission requirements and courses corresponding to the following Swedish Upper Secondary School
Programs: English 6

Course syllabus