Course syllabus

Geografisk informationsteknik
Geographic Information Technology

EXTF80, 12 credits, G2 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2016/17
Decided by: Education Board D
Date of Decision: 2016-04-08

General Information

Main field: Technology.
Compulsory for: L2
Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish


The aim of the course is to get basic knowledge of concepts and methodologies within management and analysis of geographical data with geographic information systems (GIS).

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must


Lectures cover the basic theory of cartography, spatial phenomena, geographical data and analysis as well as modelling and storage of geographical data. Basic geostatistics and quality aspects represented by error propagation theory are also treated. Through calculation exercisis and a number of practical computer based exercisis the students learn how to structure geographical data, perform basic geographical analysis and finally present geographical information. He/she will also get an overview of geographical data bases used by governmental and municipal authorities, the main usage of these data bases and how their quality can be described. In an extensive application exercise the students collect and compile data from different national and regional data distributors, compile the data and execute analysis relevant for surveying purposes.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH
Assessment: In order to pass the course the student is required to have passed the written individual examination test and to have completed passed exercises and assessments. Most exercises are compulsory. The final grade for the course is based on the written examination test. Students who fail the ordinary test will have an opportunity to take another test in close proximity to the ordinary test and also at the end of August every year.

Code: 0111. Name: GIT Theory.
Credits: 6. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: Result constitute the total course grade. Contents: Written examination in which knowledge of the basic theory of GIS, geostatistics, geodesy and quality aspect of geographical data is evaluated, as well as the students’ abilities to combine the theoretical base with practical problem solution.
Code: 0211. Name: GIT Exercises.
Credits: 6. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Passed compulsory practical exercises and assignments apart from application tasks. Contents: Practical exercises and assignments in GIS and literature databases.


Required prior knowledge: FMAA05 Calculus in One Variable, FMA420 Linear Algebra, EXTA50 Surveying EDAA20 Programming and Databases and FMS032 Matemathical Statistics, Basic Course.
The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: EXTA45, EXTF01, NGEA11, NGEA12

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Karin Larsson,
Course homepage:
Further information: Teaching consists of lectures and practical exercises. Most practical exercises are compulsory.