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Geographic Information Systems 1 - Scientific Data, 7.5 Credits

Swedish name: Geografiska informationssystem 1 - naturvetenskapliga data

This syllabus is valid: 2013-01-21 and until further notice

Course code: 5GV064

Credit points: 7.5

Education level: Basic level

Main Field of Study and progress level: Earth Science/Physical Geography: first cycle, has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements

Grading scale: VG Pass with distinction, G Pass, U Fail

Established by: Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 2014-12-12


The objective of the course is Geographic Information Systems, with a special focus on vector systems. During the course, students will practice the main functions of the software ArcGIS by, for example, making thematic maps, working with raster and vector files, digitalizing vector files and spatially analyzing different layers in maps. Students will train in the use of the Swedish co-ordinate system. Digital data from Swedish public authorities are used as course material.

Expected learning outcomes

After completing the course the student should be able to:
1 Produce vector maps and associated attribute data
2 Process the spatial data
3 Use the main features of the software ArcGIS
4 Compile, interpret and present spatial data

Required Knowledge

At least 30 ECTS credits in science or technology at university level, or equivalent knowledge. Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary course English A (IELTS (Academic) with a minimum overall score of 5.5 and no individual score below 5.0. TOEFL PBT (Paper-based Test) with a minimum total score of 530 and a minimum TWE score of 4. TOEFL iBT (Internet-based Test) with a minimum total score of 72 and a minimum score of 17 on the Writing Section).
Where the language of instruction is Swedish, applicants must prove proficiency in Swedish to the level required for basic eligibility for higher studies.

Form of instruction

The tuition is in the form of laborations and excercises on an internet platform.

Examination modes

Examination of the course is in the form of written presentation of smaller projects. The grades on these and the course as a whole, are Failed, Passed and Passed with distinction. A student that has performed two test for a course or part of a course without getting the grade passed, has the right to get a new examiner appointed, if there are no particular reasons against it (HF 6 chapter 22§). The request for a new examiner is sent to the prefect for the department of ecology and environmental science. A student who has achieved a passed grade on an examination may not retake this examination in order to attampt to achieve a higer grade. To pass the whole course, all tests must be passed and compulsory parts performed. The grade on the course is a combined assessment of all the different parts of the examinations and is awarded when all compulsory parts are performed.
Credit transfers are always tried individually (See the university´s guidelines and credit-of-transfer-ordinance)


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