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3D Modelling and Visibility Analysis, 7.5 Credits

Swedish name: 3D-modellering och siktanalys

This syllabus is valid: 2018-06-11 and until further notice

Course code: 2KG605

Credit points: 7.5

Education level: Second cycle

Main Field of Study and progress level: Human Geography: Second cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements

Grading scale: A Excellent, B Very good, C Good, D Satisfactory, E Sufficient, FX Insufficient, F Insufficient

Responsible department: Department of Geography

Established by: Head of Department of Geography and Economic History, 2016-09-26

Revised by: Head of Department of Geography and Economic History, 2018-05-31


The course deals with 3D-visualization of terrain using different elevation data sources, as well as how to represent the built environment in 3D; in the latter case, CAD constitutes an element. Relevant analysis techniques, such as visibility analysis to evaluate the effects of existing and planned buildings, are also covered in the course.


Expected learning outcomes

After completing the course the student should be able to:
Knowledge and understanding
(1) Understand how GIS can be used to visualize different kinds of georeferenced data in 3D,
Competence and skills
(2) create and modify geographical objects with height information,
(3) visualize and analyse consequences of current situation and changes in terrain as well as the built environment, and
Judgement and approach
(4) evaluate and relate to information created using 3D analysis.


Required Knowledge

Univ: 120 ECTS, 60 ECTS of which in a major field of subject, including 15 ECTS in Geographical Information Systems (GIS).
Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary course English B/6

Form of instruction

Instruction is given through lectures, exercises, and seminars, where students are expected to participate actively. Relevant gender issues related to the contents are continuously integrated in the course. The course is given in English.

Examination modes

Examination modes
The course is examined by written assignments to be presented orally at seminars and in written reports. The final grade is based on the individual’s performance in the examination. In order to have the possibility to receive the grades A and B course assignments need to be delivered as scheduled

Examination based on the same syllabus as at the ordinary examination is guaranteed during two years after the first registration to the course.

Students who have passed an examination cannot redo the examination to receive a higher grade.

It is not possible to appeal against a received grade, i.e. to get it examined by a higher authority, but a student can always criticize the grading or ask another examiner to reconsider the examination.

When a student has failed an examination on two occasions, he or she has a right to have another grading teacher. A written request for an alternative examiner should be handed to the director of studies.

Credit transfer is always examined individually.