Geogra. Info. Sys

 

What is the main purpose for this course?

This course introduces fundamentals of a Geographic Information System and reviews GIS applications. Topics include data structures and basic functions, methods of data capture and sources of data, and the nature and characteristics of spatial data and objects and different geospatial operations. Upon completion, students should be able to identify typical GIS operations, products / applications, differences between database models and between raster and vector systems and the basic concepts of developments of GIS applications.

The purpose of this course is to

  1. Provide students with the fundamentals of GIS and basic geospatial data manipulation skills.
  2. Acquaint students to GIS components, roles, and applications.
  3. Introduce students to geo-databases queries.
  4. Enable students to be efficient in their work. 

List of Topics

List of Topics

No. of

Weeks

Contact Hours

  1. Introduction: Introduction to Geographic Information and GIS.

1

4

  1. Data Models: Data models, map basics, vector data – point, line and area.

2

8

  1. Geodesy and Map Projections: Basic geodesy, datums, coordinate systems, map projections.

2

8

  1. Data Entry and Editing: Data sources, entry and editing, metadata, map transformations.

2

8

  1. Global Navigation Satellite Systems: Map transformations, GPS

2

8

  1. Aerial and Satellite Images, Digital Data Sources: Photos and satellite images digital data

2

8

  1. Tables and Relational Databases:  Relations databases, table manipulation.

2

8

  1. Basic Spatial Analysis: Logic Operations, General Arithmetic Operations, General Statistical Operations, Geometric operations.

2

8

 

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Resources

1. List Required Textbooks :

  • Bolstad Paul V., “GIS Fundamentals", Book, Eider Press, 2nd edition, ISBN 0-971-76471,2005.
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2. List Essential References Materials :

  • Chang Kang-tsung, “Introduction to geographic information systems", Book, Mc-Graw Hill companies, 3rd edition, ISBN 0-07-060629-3, 2006.
  • Building a GIS: System Architecture Design Strategies for Managers, Second Edition, by Dave Peters, 2008.

3. List Recommended Textbooks and Reference Material  :

  •    IEEE Transactions on  Geoscience and Remote Sensing

4. List Electronic Materials  :

  • http://www.esri.com/what-is-gis/learn-gis
  • http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/urban-studies-and-planning/11-521-spatial-database-management-and-advanced-geographic-information-systems-spring-2003/index.htm

5. Other learning material :

  • Video and presentation are available with me

 

 

Contact Info.

Tel.: 016 404 4029
Ext. : 4029
Email: [email protected]

Room : S177

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