GIS Intro
2011-2012 - GEO1121 - 10 ECTS

Expected learning outcomes

When finishing this course, a student will have a basic understanding of
- how geographical data are stored
- operations that are suitable to solve practical GIS problems
- needed data structures for geographical data
- the possibilities in GIS analysis
- general principles for presentation on maps

and have knowledge about
- handling maps and attributes
- the principles for digitising and editing og geographical data
- import and export of data
- basic GIS analysis


The course is structured into 9 parts:
- Introduction to GIS
- Projection and Coordinate Systems
- Vector Data Structure
- Databases
- Digital Data Capture
- Vector Data Analysis
- Raster Data Structure
- Raster Data Analyses
- Visualisation

Teaching Methods


Teaching Methods (additional text)

The course is conducted as net based learning. This implies that all communication between tutor and student takes place in a learning management system and lectures and guidance will be made available here.
For full-time students there will be offered weekly hours for guidance.

Learning material (text books, video lectures, assignment descriptions) is in English. Communication with students is conducted in Norwegian.

Form(s) of Assessment

Multiple Choice Test(s)

Form(s) of Assessment (additional text)

One multiple-choice test, 45 minutes, 30 questions. 75% of the answers must be correct to pass the course.

Grading Scale


External/internal examiner

Internal examiner

Coursework Requirements

  • 4 Exercises (via Fronter)
  • 2 of these excercises must be in English language.
  • 1 of the execercises must include an oral presentation in English.

Teaching Materials

de By, R (ed), 2001: Principles of Geographic Information Systems, 2nd edition. ITC, Netherlands. ISBN 90-6164-184-5

Heywood I et al, 2006: An Introduction to Geographical Information Systems. Pearson/Prentice Hall. ISBN 0-13-129317-6