Course code InfT3036

Credit points 2

Introduction of GIS and Forest Mapping I

Total Hours in Course80

Number of hours for lectures16

Number of hours for laboratory classes16

Independent study hours48

Date of course confirmation16.10.2019

Responsible UnitDepartment of Control Systems

Course developer

author Vadības sistēmu katedra

Laima Bērziņa


Course abstract

The course provides knowledge of geographic information system (GIS) definition, geographical data mining and processing, and its application in forestry.
In the first part of the course, students learn the basics of spatial data processing and GIS problem solving using ArcGIS and Quantum GIS software.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

After completing the course, students will have:
1) understanding of the concept of GIS, the role of GIS in science and practice;
2) basic knowledge in cartography and knowledge of the solving of the main GIS tasks (Test 1);
3) ability to use GIS software for visualization, selection and analysis of geospatial data (Test 2, laboratory work);
4) competence to independently use GIS for tasks related to forestry (laboratory work, homework).

Course Content(Calendar)

1. Introduction to GIS, GIS development history.
2. Economical aspects of GIS. Variety of data visualization.
3. GIS data structures and models. Raster, vector and hybrid data models. Topology.
4. Map scale, coordinate systems and projections.
5. GIS software - types, architecture and functionality.
6. Storage of geospatial data in databases.
7. Symbolization of vector data.
8. Selection of data by attribute information.
9. Data selection by spatial relationships (Test 1).
10. Map text and annotations.
11. Overview and application of Geoprocessing tools.
12. Digitization or vectorization of geographical objects.
13. Georeferencing of raster data.
14. GIS data conversions.
15. GIS data representations.

16. Creating of the thematic map (Test 2).

Requirements for awarding credit points

To get grade showing course learning: 2 tests written, 16 laboratory works and 1 independently done homework completed.

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

During the semester students are required to complete one homework to describe a solution for a specific GIS task. The work written and submitted electronically on the e-learning website.

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

The assessment of knowledge, skills and competence takes place on a 10-grade scale.
The course final assessment consists of 2 tests (40%), 16 laboratory works (40%) and 1 homework (20%) cumulative assessment.

Compulsory reading

Bernhardsen T. Geographic Information Systems: an Introduction. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 2002. 428 p.
Bolstad P. GIS Fundamentals: a First Text on Geographic Information Systems. White Bear Lake, MN: Eider Press, 2002. 412 p.
Heywood I., Cornelius S., Carver S. An Introduction to Geographical Information Systems. Pearson Education, Limited 2011. 480 p.

Further reading

Crampton J. Mapping: A Critical Introduction to Cartography and GIS. John Wiley & Sons, 2011. 232 p.


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