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GIS and Spatial Analysis, 15 Credits

Swedish name: GIS och rumslig analys

This syllabus is valid: 2009-01-12 valid to 2014-11-09 (newer version of the syllabus exists)

Course code: 2KG017

Credit points: 15

Education level: First cycle

Main Field of Study and progress level: Human Geography: First cycle, has only upper-secondary level entry requirements

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

Responsible department: Department of Geography


The course begins with an introduction to computer-based analysis of spatial data, utilizing vector data in Geographical Information Systems (GIS). The course covers theoretical and applied cartography, as well as basic thematic analyses of spatial data derived from existing databases. The software used in the course is ArcGIS.

Expected learning outcomes

After completing the course the student should be able to: - explain fundamental concepts related to cartography and vector GIS, - produce and interpret thematic maps using GIS, - understand and apply basic principles of map design, - utilize spreadsheet programs to prepare spatial data for use in a GIS, and - use GIS as a tool in written reports of spatial analyses on social science subjects.

Required Knowledge

Basic eligibility

Form of instruction

The course consists of lectures, seminars and exercises. Participation in some seminars and exercises may be mandatory. Relevant gender issues related to the contents are continuously integrated in the course. Exercises are conducted on PC computers.

Examination modes

Students are required to submit individually conducted exercises and to pass a written examination. The written exam is held at the end of the course and may cover both descriptive and analytic elements. Students who fail the scheduled final examination have the right to re-sit the examination soon afterwards. 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. ACADEMIC CREDIT TRANSFER Credit transfer is always examined individually.