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Geographic Information Sciences

Code 16643
Year 1
Semester S1
ECTS Credits 7,5
Workload T(15H)/TP(15H)
Scientific area Sistemas de Informação Geográfica
Entry requirements No requirements.
Learning outcomes The curricular unit aims to provide students with skills to use Geographic Information Systems in the spatial analysis of vector network systems. The following skills are transmitted to students: (a) introduction to Geographic Information Science with the main foundations, history, and national and international uses of tools (b) information about spatial data and their nature, models, database (c) GIS structures and functionality.
Syllabus 1. Introduction to Geographic Information Science 1.1. Scope of Geographic Information Science. 1.2. Fundamentals. 1.3. Brief history 1.4. National and international GIS information portals. 1.5. Application areas, challenges and future trends of GIS. Exercise 1a: Georeferencing 2. Geographic information and spatial data. 2.1. Nature and properties of geographic phenomena. 2.2. Models for representing the real world. 2.3. Geographic databases (BDG). 2.4. Typology of analysis and spatial operations 2.5. Most used national and international geodetic systems. 2.6. GIS information metadata and the Inspire Directive. 3.1. Structure and functionalities of GIS 3.2. Matrix and vector data 3.3. Qualitative and quantitative data 3.4. Acquisition, editing and integration of information 3.5. Analysis processes in vector data and matrix data 3.6. Inquiry and spatial overlap Exercise 1b: Creating Shapefiles. Data entry. 3.7. Properties, limitations and application of visual variables 3.8. Construct
Main Bibliography Matos, J. (2008). Fundamentos de Informação Geográfica, 5º Edição. Lidel. ISBN: 978-972-757-514-5.
Bolstad, P. (2016). GIS Fundamentals, 5th Edition, Eider Press. ISBN: 978-1-50669-587-7.
Chang, K. (2012). Introduction to Geographic Information Systems, 6th Edition, McGraw-Hill. ISBN: 978-0-07-336931-0.
Heywood, I., Cornelius, S, Carver, S. (2011). An Introduction to Geographic Information Systems, 4th Edition, Pearson. ISBN: 978-0-273-72259-5.
Fischer, M. (2006). Spatial Analysis and GeoComputation (selected essays), Springer. ISBN: 978-3-540-35729-2.
ESRI. (2020). Network Analyst Tutorial – Guide book.
Diversos artigos científicos e dissertações de mestrado com aplicação de SIG nas temáticas abordadas na Unidade Curricular.
Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria This curricular unit is taught during the 1st academic semester, involving 30 hours of contact with the teacher, 170 hours of independent student work and 10 hours for assessment (total: 210 hours). Approval of this curricular unit grants the trainee 7.5 ECTS.
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2024-01-19

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