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The course gives an introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS), CAD, database technology and reference systems

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
* Retrieved from Course syllabus AG1311 (Spring 2014–)

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Databases: How to design and use databases. Database structure, query languages, different types of database structures.

Reference systems: Description of some reference surfaces, how reference systems can be established, examples of local and global existing systems. Acquisition of data.

Geographic Information Technology: Areas of application. Data sources, quality of data, data access etc.

Digitising and scanning. Data structure and storage. Searches and analyses, visualisation.

CAD: Principles of graphic representation, drawing technique, norms.

Intended learning outcomes

When the course is finished you should know:

  • How to create a database and how to import data to it
  • How to write simple SQL questions
  • How different reference systems are designed and how they can be used
  • How to acquire data to a GIS
  • Which benefits GIS have and how GIS are used in different fields in the society
  • How to choose and obtain suitable data
  • How to estimate the quality of different kind of data
  • How to design a geographic database
  • How to solve common problems with GIT
  • How to present the result in a thematic map
  • The basic commands in Autocad
  • How to draw, edit and write distances in 2D-models
  • How to handle and use layer structures in a CAD program
  • How to interpret the most common drawing symbols used in the building trade.

Course Disposition

Lectures 24h
Laboration 44h
Project 10 h

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Completed upper secondary education including documented proficiency in Swedish corresponding to Swedish B/ Swedish 3 and English corresponding to English A/ English 6 including mathematics E (4), physics B (2).

Basic computer skills recommended.

Recommended prerequisites

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  • Harrie, Lars (red). Geografisk informationsbehandling – teori, metoder och tillämpningar. 
  • Litteratur i Autocad tillkommer, men är ännu inte bestämd.

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • LAB2 - Laboratory Work, 3,0 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • PRO1 - Project, 1,5 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • TEN2 - Examination, 3,0 hp, betygsskala: 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.

Other requirements for final grade

Written exam (TEN2; 3 cr), laboratory work (LAB2; 3,0 cr) and projects (PRO1; 1,5 cr)

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • 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.

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web AG1311

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Main field of study


Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

Economic Geography, Buildings and Civil Engineering Structures besides GIS for Built Environment


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