Syllabus academic year 2009/2010
(Created 2009-08-11.)
GEOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION SYSTEMS FOR LANDSCAPE STUDIESEXTF01

Higher education credits: 7,5. Grading scale: TH. Level: G2 (First level). Language of instruction: The course might be given in English. EXTF01 overlap following cours/es: TEK270, VFT030, VFT031, VFT032, TEK270, VFT030, VFT031, VFT032, TEK270, VFT030, VFT031, VFT032, TEK270, VFT030, VFT031 och VFT032. Optional for: MWLU2, V4at, V4tp, W4. Course coordinator: Karin Larsson, karin.larsson@nateko.lu.se, Naturgeografiska inst. Prerequisites: 120 credits within civil engineering or equivalent. The course might be cancelled if the numer of applicants is less than 5. Assessment: The course grade is based on the result of a written examination test at the end of the course. In order to pass the course the student is also required to complete compulsory exercises and assignments. Students who fail the ordinary test will have an opportunity to take another test at the end of August every year. Further information: Teaching consists of lectures, practical computer exercises using GIS and an independently executed literature study. The practical exercises and the literature study are compulsory. Assessment takes the form of a written examination test. Home page: http://www.nateko.lu.se.

Aim
The aim of the course is to achieve basic knowledge of concepts and methodology in management and analysis of geographical data using geographical information systems, (GIS). The course also aims at giving a brief overview of physical geography and how GIS and remote sensing can be used to study landscape processes.

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Skills and abilities
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

Contents
The course gives a good foundation for future work with spatial digital data. Lectures cover the basic theory of spatial phenomena, geographical data and analysis and remote sensing within studies of landscape processes. The understanding of representation and analysis of spatial elements is emphasised. A major part of the course consists of practical exercises with some of the most common GIS software products. Some of the issues treated are map projections and geodetic reference systems, geographical data in digital form (maps, remote sensing and table data), basic analysis of geographical data in raster and vector format and cartographical presentation of digital map data. Through these exercises general spatial issues concerning the society and the environment can be exemplified and studied. Through the independent literature study the student gets a possibility to set the new knowledge in relation to his/her speciality within civil engineering.

Literature
Eklundh L. (red.), ”Geografisk informationsbehandling - metoder och tillämpningar.” 4:e revid. upplagan, 2005. Formas, Stockholm. ISBN: 91-540-5841 4.
Institutionen för Naturgeografi och Ekosystemanalys, Lunds universitet. 2006. ”Övningskompendie i GIS för Geomatik AK” och ”How to....in ArcGIS”
Diverse kompletterande kompendiematerial.
Alternative English literature can be used. Contac Department of Physical Geography for more information.