Course code Ģeog3003

Credit points 4.50

Geographic Information Systems

Total Hours in Course120

Number of hours for lectures24

Number of hours for laboratory classes24

Independent study hours72

Date of course confirmation23.02.2021

Responsible UnitInstitute of Land Management and Geodesy

Course developer

author reserch

Aivars Ratkevičs

Mg. sc. ing.

Prior knowledge

BūvZ3135, Geodesy I

Replaced course

ĢeogB001 [GGEGB001] Geographic Information Systems

Course abstract

Students are acquainted with the history and classification of the creation and development of geographical information systems.
Gains an in-depth understanding of the nature of spatial data creation and use, standardization, principles, systems and capabilities of spatial information acquisition, storage, circulation and use.
Acquires basic knowledge and skills to know and use spatial information systems, their data and results, in the next professional field. As a trained specialist to plan and learn to use its possibilities in different situations in their prospective professional activities in surveying, construction, land and land management, agriculture, land reclamation, forestry, the environment and other sectors, including public and municipal government and the private sector.
In laboratory work, acquires practical skills in working with ArcGIS software, learning spatial information data:
- search, extraction and use quality - suitability assessment skills;
- basics of creating and transforming different data - creating interoperability;
- creation, correction, addition and development of new generations;
- basics of analytical activities;
- Skills of designing work results, creating cartographic applications and presentations.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

1. Knowledge and understanding of the nature, development history, structure, possibilities, necessity and use of Geographic Information Systems; - Test 1
2. Skills to orientate in the identification and assessment of the possibilities of application of geographic information systems and spatial data available in them, in the definition of work tasks and requirements for system developers, maintainers and users, as well as data developers and maintainers - Test 2;
3. To know the possibilities of construction and use of spatial data, the basics of their standardization and use, the principles of evaluation of use qualities, the methods of ensuring interoperability, transformation - interoperability, as well as the possibilities of solving analytical tasks and the basics of reporting results. Test 3
4. Is able to search for sources of spatial data acquisition, evaluate the compliance of the available - found spatial information with the requirements of GIS operations and determine the possibilities of their application, create a working environment of spatial data set suitable for use in your work computer (data import and configuration for work); - laboratory works;
5. Able to perform simple manipulations of GIS data and their sets, combining, transforming - transforming, supplementing or correcting information, creating new data or their layers, as well as defining analytical tasks for the system and evaluating the obtained results, ensuring the export of the obtained results to another system or preservation for registration - laboratory work;
6. Is able to design the final results of the developed work as sets of spatial or cartographic images or presentations of prepared informative - report materials in both digital format and print (paper) formats, as well as to prepare and give his / her presentation - homework.

Course Content(Calendar)

Full-time studies:
1. The nature and significance of geographic information systems; (1h)
2. History of creation and development of geographic information systems; (1h)
3. Structure / components of geographic information systems and their functions; (1h)
4. Geographic information - the basis of geographic information systems; (1h)
5. Basics of designing the creation and maintenance of geographic information systems; (1h)
6. Technologies for obtaining and processing geographical information; (1h)
Test 1: General theoretical and practical principles of GIS. (2h)
7. Technical equipment of geographical information systems; (1h)
8. Geographic information system software; (1h)
9. Geodesy and Geographic Information Systems; (1h)
10. Cartography and Geographic Information Systems; (1h)
11. Geographic information metadata - their essence, structure, application and meaning; (1h)
12. Compatibility (interoperability) of geographic information data, its essence and challenges in the functionality of the system; (1h)
Test 2: Fundamentals of GIS and its data structure and performance. (2h)
13. Possibilities of geographic information analysis and their processes for users of geographic information systems; (1h)
14. Introduction to the organization of information analysis processes using the capabilities of Geographic Information Systems; (1h)
15. Possibilities and choice of designing the results of the development of geographical information systems; (1h)
16. Development of cartographic and visual documentation and evaluation of their quality; (1h)
17. Geographic information systems in Latvia (incl. Legislation, terminology); (1h)
18. Current application of geographic information systems in the national economy and development perspectives of its use. (1h)
Test 3: Basics of GIS analytical activities and visual presentation of results, national legislation and development. (2h)

Laboratory works:
1. Search of spatial information data on the Internet, evaluation of the quality of the found data, import and integration into the student's computer work environment, transformations, matching, editing; (7h)
2. Development of information products, design, analytical activities in GIS environment, creation of new data - information creation, editing, integration into products (development of personally chosen topics) (7h)
3. Visual design of the obtained results, development of cartographic images, development of presentations, their preparation and transformation in the use of formats, as well as creation of printouts and testing of the obtained results (7h)
4. Completion of completed work - presentations (3h).
Independent work (72h):
Preparation for tests;
Development of laboratory works - research, according to the topic of practical work chosen by the student.

Part-time studies:

All topics specified for full-time studies are implemented, but the number of contact hours is 1/2 of the specified number of hours

Requirements for awarding credit points

Test with a mark consisting of:
• Test - written and oral, on the subject issues, according to the received control question ticket.
• Results of planned tests - 3
• The result of the defense of the presentation of practical tasks (on the topics acquired within the laboratory work of the study course - according to the topic chosen by the student).
Prerequisites for passing the test:
- successful assessment in theoretical issues - tests;
- Completed and credited practical work tasks (after presentation);
- Attendance of at least 60% of face-to-face classes.

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

Promoting the development of a personally chosen topic:
1. Search of spatial information data on the Internet, etc., evaluation of the quality of the found data, import and integration into the student's computer work environment, transformations, matching, editing;
2. Development of information products, design, analytical activities in GIS environment, creation of new data - information, editing, integration into products, evaluation of results;
3. Visual design of the obtained results, development of cartographic images, development of the presentation, their preparation and transformation in various usage formats, as well as creation of printouts and tests of the obtained results;

Closing - Preparation of the presentation of the completed works (also in the form of a paper printout file - at least 10 pages) and defense;

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

The test mark consists of:
- written and oral answers on the day of the test on the subject questions, according to the control question ticket received where:
5 questions according to the study topic;
assessment on a 10-point scale.
The total assessment of the study course test depends on the assessment of the test mark, the assessment of the results of the study course tests and the assessment of the practical - homework presentation.
A student can obtain a successful mark on a test or test if at least 50% of the test questions have answered correctly.
The practical task of homework presentation evaluated in accordance with the evaluation procedure specified in the practical tasks of homework.
Students, for whom the marks of the study course tests and the mark of the presentation of practical works are at least 7, may not pass the theoretical test of the test and equate the arithmetic mean of the marks of the tests taken from the study course to the assessment of the theoretical test.
The final test mark calculated as the arithmetic mean of the test answer assessment and the average semester mark, which calculated as the arithmetic mean of the marks of the tests taken in the study course and the homework presentation assessment marks.

Compulsory reading

1. Stūrmanis E. Ģeoinformācijas sistēmas. Jelgava: LLU, 006., 90 lpp.
2. Ģeomātikas pamati., Rīgas Tehniskās universitāte . Rīga, 2006. 66 lpp.
3. Mūsdienu Latvijas topogrāfiskās kartes. Rīga: VZD, 2001. 203 lpp
4. Ģeotelpiskās informācijas likums. 2009.g.

Further reading

1. 1. Mūsdienu Latvijas topogrāfiskās kartes. Autoru kolektīvs A. Zelmanis ... u.c. Rīga: VZD, 2001.
2. Kraus K. Photogrammetrie, Band I, Grundlagen und Standartverfahren, Dummler/Bonn, 1998., 450 p.
Kraus K.. Photogrammetry. Vol.1: Fundamentals and standard processes. Köln: Dümmler, 2000. 397 p. 2000.g. IR LLU FB 1 eks.
3. Štrauhmanis J. Kartogrāfija: Mmācību līdzeklis. Rīga: RTU, 2004. , 109 lpp.

Periodicals and other sources;;
žurnāls “Mērnieks”. ISSN 1407-7124.


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