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AG2411 GIS Architecture and Algorithms 7.5 credits

Construction of complex GIS systems in Windows and UNIX environments

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus AG2411 (Autumn 2021–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course disposition

Lectures 20 h
Laboration 32h
Project 16 h

Course contents

- Basic GIS algorithms
- Modelling of systems (UML)
- Toolkits, libraries, etc

Intended learning outcomes

After completing the course the students should:

  • be familiar with the architecture of a GIS system,
  • have knowledge about the theory behind the most common algorithms in geographic information science,
  • have knowledge about methods to handle geometric data in databases,
  • have the skill of performing own modelling of geographic data using UML,
  • have the confidence and skill to develop their own programming to implement new GIS applications,
  • know the basic standards in GIS.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

A completed bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, urban planning, geomatics, geography, engineering physics, computer science, statistics, economics, and/or mathematics, including at least 3 university credits (hp) in each of the following or their equivalents: Programming, Linear Algebra, Calculus in One Variable, and Probability & Statistics." Together with

Eng B/6 according to the Swedish upper secondary school system.

Recommended prerequisites

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Worboys, M. F., and M. Duckham, 2004. GIS: A Computing Perspective, 2nd edition. Taylor & Francis.

Harrie, L., 2009. Lecture notes in GIS Algorithms, Lund University.

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, 4.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • PRO1 - Project, 3.0 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.

Other requirements for final grade

Approved laborations (LAB1; 4,5 cr) (P/F)

Project, (PROJ; 3.0 cr), A/B/C/D/E/FX/F

Participation i final presentation session

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

No opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination


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 room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study

Built Environment

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

AG2414 Spatial analysis
AG2417 Web and mobile GIS


Takeshi Shirabe,