The overall aim of the course is to give knowledge and experience in theory and practice of geographic information systems (GIS) – a set of computer tools to handle spatial (georeferenced) data. GIS is a typical decision support tool for spatial planning and an analysis tool for environmental studies. GIS capabilities include geodatabase, geovisualization and geoprocessing functions. During the course the students will get familiar with the raster and vector view of the world and practice data visualization and manipulation tasks applied to real environmental/spatial datasets.
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Content and learning outcomes
The course gives knowledge and experience in theory and practice of geographic information systems (GIS) – a set of computer tools to handle spatial (georeferenced) data. During the course the students will get familiar with the raster and vector view of the world and practice data visualization and analysis tasks applied to real environmental datasets. The course comprises collection of field data using GPS, data input and conversion, data visualization and statistics, data quality and integration, georeferencing, Remote Sensing data, multispectral classification, image enhancement and analysis, data interpolation.
Intended learning outcomes
After the course the students should be able to:
• Describe the way geographical information systems (GIS) are built up and operate.
• Compare and evaluate data collection methods and input techniques.
• Interpret remote sensing data and describe related physical phenomena.
• Characterize different types of spatial data using visualization and statistics.
• Choose and justify appropriate data processing and analysis approaches according to the characteristics of data and intended analysis outcome.
• Build models comprising sequences of GIS operations, and perform and evaluate sensitivity analysis.
• Interpret and relate the GIS analysis outcomes to source data quality, discuss errors and uncertainty and suggest ways of improving the result.
• Design a GIS case study to solve a specific task.
• Document and communicate the results of a GIS study.
Literature and preparations
Bachelor's degree or at least 150 ECTS credits in the field of Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, or another subject with clear relevance to the course.
English language proficiency equivalent to (the Swedish upper secondary school) English course B/6.
Examination and completion
If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.
- DAT1 - Computer Assignment, 3.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
- LEX1 - Continuous Assessment, 4.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.
The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.
Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination
Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination
- All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
- In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
- In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.
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Main field of study
AL2300 Natural Resources Management Tools