Course syllabus

Geografisk informationsteknik - grundkurs
Geographic Information Technology - Basic Course

EXTG30, 15 credits, G2 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2020/21
Decided by: PLED L
Date of Decision: 2020-03-27

General Information

Main field: Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change Adaptation.
Elective for: MKAT2
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English


The aim of the course is to give basic knowledge about concepts and methods for treatment and analysis of geographic data with geographic information systems, (GIS) and an introduction to cartography and geodesy.

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


The course gives a broad theoretical ground to wider work with digital geographic data. Understanding of representation and analysis of spatial elements are emphasised. The course also highlights general geographic problems within environment and society through practical GIS-applications. These treat both Swedish and international issues, and vary in scale from the local to the regional. The parts within GIS that is treated include basic cartography, including projections, reference system, geographic data in digital form (maps, images and tables) and positioning with GPS, basic analysis of geographic data in raster and vector format and cartographic and graphical presentation of digital map material. In the course,training in oral and written communication is also included. Special emphasis is placed on cartographic presentation of digital geographic data.

Course design
The teaching consists of lectures, computer exercises individual and in groups, field exercises and project work in groups. Computer exercises, field exercises and project work are compulsory.

Examination details

Grading scale: UV - (U,G,VG) - (Fail, Pass, Pass with Distinction)
Assessment: Examination consists of a written exam at the end of the course combined with assignments and project reports during the course. For students who have not passed the regular examination, additional examination in close connection to this is offered.

The examiner, in consultation with Disability Support Services, may deviate from the regular form of examination in order to provide a permanently disabled student with a form of examination equivalent to that of a student without a disability.


Admission requirements:

The number of participants is limited to: 3
Selection: The course is given by the Faculty of Science. The Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change Adaptation program are guaranteed admission for 3 students at the course. Selection is based by ranking the number of completed credits within the Master Programme in Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change Adaptation. In case of equal qualification, the applicants will be selected by drawing of lots.
The course overlaps following course/s: EXTG20, NGEA11, GISA21

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course administrator: Karin Larsson,
Course coordinator: Micael Runnström,
Course homepage:
Further information: The date and time of the exam is announced by the course lecturer.