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Geographic Information Systems 2 - Scientific Data, 7.5 Credits

Swedish name: Geografiska informationssystem 2 - naturvetenskapliga data

This syllabus is valid: 2018-12-31 and until further notice

Course code: 5GV084

Credit points: 7.5

Education level: First cycle

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, 2019-01-29


The objective of this course is to understand how geographic information systems can be used to analyze raster data, in particular digital elevation models, using the software ArcGIS. Assignments are based on solving problems within ecology and Earth science by, for example, interpolating spatial data, determining stream networks and catchments, and creating least-cost paths.

Expected learning outcomes

After completing the course, for the grade Passed, the student should be able to:
1 Use the software ArcGIS to manipulate and analyze digital elevation model
2 Perform interpolations of point data in addition to create terrain surfaces
3 Perform and understand how to create a suitability model in addition to a least-cost path analysis
4 Perform simple hydrological analyses using digital elevation models
5 Compile, interpret, and present spatial data in effective maps

After completing the course, for the grade Passed with Distinction, the student should be able to:
6  Independently solv advanced spatial problems within geographic information systems

Required Knowledge

The course Geographic information systems 1, Scientific data, 7,5 ECTS credits (course code 5GV018), 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 excercises and small projects on an internet platform. The small projects are compulsory parts of the course.

Examination modes

Examination of the course is in the form of written presentations of the smaller projects. The grades on the smaller projects and the course as a whole, are Failed, Passed and Passed with distinction. For the grade Pass with Distinction, the student must also fulfill all expected study outcome for the grade Pass 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 head of 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 attempt to achieve a higher 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.

Students have the right to have their previous education or equivalent knowledge and skills acquired in the profession tested whether it can be credited for the corresponding course at Umeå University. Application for credit is submitted to the Student Centre / Examinations. For more information on credit transfer available on Umeå University's student web,, and the Higher Education Ordinance (Chapter 6). A refusal of accreditation may be appealed against (Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 12) to the University Appeals Board. This applies to the whole as well as part of the application if accreditation is refused.

Other regulations

In the event that the course plan ceases to apply or undergoes major changes, students are guaranteed at least three exam opportunities (including regular examinations) according to the rules in the syllabus that the student was originally registered for, for a maximum of two years from the date of expiry of the previous course plan or the course ends being offered.


Valid from: 2020 week 1

Obligatory material is provided by the department