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Geographical Information Systems I

Code 13300
Year 1
Semester S1
ECTS Credits 7,5
Workload T(15H)/TP(15H)
Scientific area Sistemas de Informação Geográfica
Entry requirements Not applicable
Mode of delivery Face-to-face (practical and laboratory classes)
Work placements n.a.
Learning outcomes The course aims to introduce and develop aspects related to the application of geographic information systems for
solving spatial problems, including the domain of a computer application for production, maintenance and analysis
of spatial data. The following competencies are transmitted to students:
(a) Understanding the objectives and functions of geographic information systems and the structures of geographical databases.
(b) Understanding the geo-referenced mapping systems for raster and vector data.
(c) Solid knowledge of data acquisition techniques, processing and spatial analysis to support diagnostic, planning, management and control purposes.
(d) Recognition of aspects related to: WebGIS, mobile GIS, opensourse GIS and GIS applied to Civil Engineering,
Architecture, Geography, Geology and Computers science problems.
Syllabus Chapter I - INTRODUCTION TO GIS
1.1. Basic Concepts.
1.2. Geographic data models.
1.3. Basic geometries of vector models.
1.4. GIS Database
1.5. Functions of GIS
1.6. Areas of application of GIS
1.7. National and international GIS information portals.
1.8. Future Trends in GIS
2.1. Typologies of analysis
2.2. Spatial and non-spatial operations
2.3. Operations for data entry,
2.4. Operations for data manipulation,
2.5. Operations for output of results
2.6. Spatial analysis using GIS
3.1. Project reference systems, databases and data projection systems.
3.2. Earth surface models
3.3. Cartographic representation systems
3.4. Map projections
3.5. Reference and georeferencing systems
3.6. GNSS systems
3.7. Most used national and international geodetic systems.
Main Bibliography Victor Manuel Pissarra Cavaleiro; Pedro G. F. L. B. de Almeida, Bertha Maria Batista dos Santos; José Filipe Minhós da Costa Riscado, Jorge H. G. Gonçalves. Sebenta de apoio às aulas teórico-práticas (ArcGis 10.0). DECA-UBI; 2012.
Matos, J. 2008. Fundamentos de Informação Geográfica, 5º Edição. Lidel, 2008. ISBN: 978-972-757-514-5.
Cosme, A. 2002. Projeto em Sistemas de Informação Geográfica. Lidel, 2002. ISBN: 978-972-757-849-8.
ESRI. 2015. The ArcGIS® Book. [Document] California: Esri Press, 2015.
Chang, Kang-tsung, 2012. Introduction to Geographic Information Systems, 6th ed. MacGraw Hill. New York.
Heywooh, Ian; Cornelius, Sarah; Carver, Steve (2011). An Introduction to Geographical Information Systems. 4th Ed. Pearson Education Ltd, Essex.
Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria The course is taught during the first semester, involving 30 hours of contact with the teacher and 180 hours of autonomous student work (total: 210 hours). The course approval grants the student 7.5 ECTS. The classes, of theoretical-practical typology (TP), contemplate a theoretical exposition of the syllabus contents, the resolution of exercises and the discussion and analysis of conceptual issues, serving as the basis for the development of a final practical work of individual and autonomous character, that aims at the resolution of an exercise of spatial analysis using GIS tools applying much of the theoretical knowledge acquired (creation, edition, selection, import, presentation and spatial analysis of geographic data). The evaluation criteria are reviewed annually in accordance with the General Knowledge Assessment Rules of UBI.
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2021-10-04

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