Course syllabus

GIS för samhällsbyggnad och miljö
GIS for Built and Natural Environments

EXTG75, 7,5 credits, G2 (First Cycle)

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

General Information

Elective for: MWLU2, RH4, V4-vr, W4-vr
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English on demand


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.

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 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.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH - (U,3,4,5) - (Fail, Three, Four, Five)
Assessment: The course grade is based on the result of a written examination test at the end of the course and on a literature assignment. 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.

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.


Assumed prior knowledge: 120 credits within civil engineering or equivalent.
The number of participants is limited to: 40
Selection: Completed university credits within the programme. Priority is given to students enrolled on programmes that include the course in their curriculum.
The course overlaps following course/s: EXTA45, EXTF80, TEK270, EXTF01

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Karin Larsson,
Course homepage:
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.