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Geographical Information Systems

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  • Type of Module/Course: Prescribed Stream Module
  • Level of Module / Course: Postgraduate Course
  • Year of Study: 1st
  • Semester: Spring semester
  • Number of credits allocated: 4,5 ECTS
  • Number of teaching units: 3
  • Name of lecturer / lecturers: S. Koukoulas
  • Content outline:

    This course has three main sections:

    1. Data Input and Management
    2. Data visualisation
    3. Spatial Data Analysis

    The first section includes basic GIS concepts regarding the type of data used, data input, data editing, data conversions (Vector to Raster and Raster to Vector), data filtering using logical queries, data coding, coordinates transformation and projection systems.

    In the second section students are learning how to compose a map and present their data.

    In the last section students become familiar with data analysis and how can they use a GIS to deal with real world problems. Specifically a land suitability analysis is carried out based on Boolean overlay techniques (such as buffer, clip, union) and map algebra.

  • Learning outcomes:

    The objectives of this class are:
    Understanding the basics of a GIS, acquire the ability to create a digital layer from scatch, to compose a thematic map and to analyse several GIS layers (vector or raster) using vector and raster functions.

  • Prerequisites:

    None

  • Module Contents (Syllabus):

    Module 1:    Basic principles of GIS, Spatial Data, Coordinate systems, Projections
    Module 2:    Data models, Data input, Databases
    Module 3:    Thematic Maps
    Module 4:    Vector and Raster Analysis

    Assignments:
    1. The first assignment invlolves Spatial data input, data coding, Coordinate transformation, Projections
    2. The second assignment involves the synthesis of thematic maps within a GIS
    3. The third assignment is an example of a multicriteria analysis for land suitability for development with 2-3 criteria
  • Recommended Reading:
    Α) Principal Reference:
    • Koutsopoulos,K. 2002. Geographical Information Systems and spatial analysis, Papassotiriou Pubs, ISBN: 960-7530-20-9
    Β) Additional References:
    • Burrough P.A., and R.A. McDonnell, 1998, Principles of Geographical Information Systems, Oxford University Press.
    • Longley P.A., M.F. Goodchild, D.J Maguire and D.W. Rhind, 2001, Geographic Information Systems and Science, John Wiley & Sons.
    • Demers, M.N, 2000, Fundamentals of Geographical Information Systems, Oxford University Press.
    • Graeme Bonham-Carter, 1994, Geographic Information Systems for Geoscientists: Modelling with GIS, Elsevier.
  • Learning activities and Teaching Methods:

    Lectures, Practicals

  • Assessment/Grading Methods:

    Total Marks 10/10: 2-3 Assignments (100%), Pass Standard: 5/10

  • Language of Instruction: Greek
  • Mode of delivery: Face to face
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