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AG2426 Mobile GIS 7.5 credits

Mobile GIS is the expansion of geographic information system (GIS) from the office to the field. A mobile GIS enables field based personnel to capture, store, update, manipulate, analyze, and display geographic information. This indepth course will explore the basics of the Mobile GIS and Global Positioning System (GPS) using ArcPad and GPS Correct software. Students will receive theory and hands-on field experience using GPS, GIS and Mobile GIS hardware and software to gather field data and integrate it with ArcGIS software.

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus AG2426 (Autumn 2011–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

  • The principles of Mobile GIS
  • Basics of ESRI ArcPad Mobile GIS
  • Data collection with GPS/Mobile GIS receivers
  • Creating real-time GPS based shapefiles using ArcPad
  • Integrating Mobile GIS/GPS data with ArcGIS software
  • Usability of Mobile GIS

Intended learning outcomes

The goal of this course is to provide the students with practical skills in the use of cutting edge Mobile GIS technologies.  The specific goals are:

  • Understand basic GPS and Mobile GIS concepts
  • Utilize GPS devices and mobile CE devices
  • Effectively use ESRI Mobile GIS software and Trimble GPS Correct software
  • Manage and organize geospatial field data
  • Create custom mobile forms for efficient field data entry
  • Sync mobile devices with an enterprise system
  • Successfully manage Mobile GIS projects
  • Integrate field data with ArcGIS for map making and spatial analysis

Course disposition

Lectures 20h
Laboration 18h

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

AG2411  GIS Architecture and Algorithms or equivalent

Recommended prerequisites

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The course literature will be posted on the course'e homepage at least four weeks before the course starts.

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


  • LAB1 - Laboratory Work, 3.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 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.

Other requirements for final grade

Examination (TEN1;4.5 cr)
Laboratory Work (LAB1; 3 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 AG2426

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Main field of study

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Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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