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GIS and Spatial Analysis, 15 Credits

Swedish name: GIS och rumslig analys

This syllabus is valid: 2021-08-30 valid to 2021-09-05 (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

Revised by: Head of Department of Geography and Economic History, 2021-09-28


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 GIS software used in the course is ArcGIS Desktop.

Expected learning outcomes

After completing the course the student should be able to:

Knowledge and understanding
1. explain fundamental concepts related to cartography and vector GIS,

Competence and skills
2. produce and interpret basic thematic maps using GIS,
3. understand and apply fundamental principles of map design, and
4. use GIS as a tool in written and oral reports of spatial analyses concerning social science issues.

Required Knowledge

General entry requirements

Form of instruction

The course consists of lectures, exercises and seminars. The exercises – partly carried out under teacher supervision – constitutes an essential part of the course. The seminars constitute examination sessions. The course is given in English. 

Examination modes

Examination is based on completion of assignments, a written examination and a take-home examination. Those students who do not pass the tests at the regularly scheduled times are given the option of retaking them shortly thereafter. A grade is given for the course only after all tests and assignments have been passed. The grades given for this course are pass with distinction, pass, or fail. More detailed instructions on the tests and assignments are given at the beginning of the course.

The student cannot appeal a grade, for example to a higher authority, but the student may always make comments on the scoring or request that the examiner reconsider the decision.

A student who has taken two examinations in a course or a part of a course without obtaining a passing grade is entitled to have another examiner appointed, unless there are special reasons to the contrary (6 Chap. 11b § Higher Education Ordinance). The student may submit a request for a different examiner to the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

ACADEMIC CREDIT TRANSFER: Decisions about academic credit transfer are made on an individual basis.