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Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

  • 7.5 credits

Geographic information systems GIS and geospatial data are incorporated in almost all aspects of our daily lives.

Information for admitted students Autumn 2020

Congratulations! You have been admitted at Stockholm University and we hope that you will enjoy your studies with us.

In order to ensure that your studies begin as smoothly as possible we have compiled a short checklist for the beginning of the semester.

Follow the instructions on wether you have to reply to your offer or not.
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Checklist for admitted students

  1. Activate your university account

    The first step in being able to register and gain access to all the university's IT services.

  2. Register at your department

    Registration can be done in different ways. Read the instructions from your department below.

  3. Read all the information on this page

    Here you will find what you need to know before your course or programme starts.

IMPORTANT

Your seat may be withdrawn if you do not register according to the instructions provided by your department.

Welcome activities

Stockholm University organises a series of welcome activities that stretch over a few weeks at the beginning of each semester. The programme is voluntary (attendance is optional) and includes Arrival Service at the airport and an Orientation Day, see more details about these events below.
Your department may also organise activities for welcoming international students. More information will be provided by your specific department. 

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The intersection of geospatial and non-geospatial information provides goods and services to society as well as allows us to tackle complex issues due to changes in our climate and landscape. For example, the public sector uses GIS to plan train commutes, track forest fires and follow algae blooms while the private sector use GIS to create background scenes in video games, virtual walkthroughs of apartments and to track parcels. Scientists can, for example, leverage GIS to quantify impacts of sea level rise on coastal cities, estimate carbon storage at global scales and to evaluate ecosystem health.

The course is a elective component of the Bachelor's Programme in Earth Science, Distance Learning, 180 credits and it can also be taken as an individual course.

  • Course structure

    This is a distance course that will teach the fundamentals of GIS. Through this course, the student will learn the basics of data management and analysis of geospatial data with the program ArcGIS. The course is structured around literature, exercises and independent project work. GIS theories are provided through the textbook and is used to support the exercise methods and analyses while the project work will allow the student to apply the gathered knowledge to solve an emerging real-world problem.

    Modules

    • Fundamental GIS Methods, 3.5 credits
    • GIS Theory, 2 credits
    • Advanced GIS Applications, 2 credits

    Teaching format

    The course is given only as a distance learning course. This can be completed at your own pace but shall be completed before the course end date. The teaching consists of web-based teaching and independent project work hosted on the Athena learning platform. All the course material is only provided in english (ex. course literature, exercises, supervision, exam, project).

    Currently, only ArcGIS Desktop is used in the course and not ArcPro.

    Assessment

    For details see syllabus.

    Examiner

    Norris Lam

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.

    The course is given only as a distance learning course. This can be completed at your own pace but shall be completed before the course end date.

  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.
  • Contact

    Registration is normally done at the beginning of each semester. If you have not received information about registration you can contact the student office directly. 

    Student office (Registration questions) 
    Lena Åkerblom
    E-mail: lena.akerblom@natgeo.su.se

    Study counsellor
    Elisabeth Sturesson
    E-mail: elisabeth.sturesson@natgeo.su.se

    Course responsible
    Autumn term 2020
    Norris Lam
    E-post: norris.lam@natgeo.su.se