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GIS and Spatial Analysis I

The first course in geographic information processing and cartography teaches you the basics. On the course, you work with digital methods to collect data, create maps and perform analyzes in geographic information systems (GIS).

GIS and Spatial Analysis I, 7.5 credits, can be studied independently (full-time, half-time distance and half-time English, all during the autumn semester; in the spring semester the course is given only within the program), and is part of Cultural Geography I – course package, 30 credits, and also part of the first semester of the Bachelor's program in Human Geography – Society, Environment and Global processes, 180 credits, and part of the second semester of the Bachelor´s program in Urban and Regional Planning Program, 180 credits.

  • Course structure

    The course provides basic knowledge of geographical information analysis and cartography as well as ability to work with various digital methods to capture data and create maps and do analyzes in geographical information systems (GIS). Strong emphasis is placed on the analysis of information.

    The course provides knowledge on how digital management of geographical information can be used, both theoretically and through applied examples. Within the course, a number of project work with various thematic content are carried out.

    Teaching format

    Instruction is conducted in the form of introductiuon, lecturers, exercises, seminars and project work. 

    Detailed information, including grading criteria, is provided at the course introduction and via the learning platform Athena.

    Learning objectives

    After completing the course, the student is expected to be able to:

    • explain the quality, features and uses of various types of map material and geographical information.
    • practically apply the basics of cartography such as projection, coordinate systems and cartographic conventions.
    • interpret and analyse geographical information.
    • discuss and critically reflect on geographical information.
    • present results and knowledge in writing in a scientifically correct manner.


    Examination takes place via written exam and oral and written presentation of project work. 


    Several teachers assess and report grades within the course.

    Examiner: Anders Wästfelt, Department of Human Geography

  • Course literature

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

  • Contact

    The course has several responsible teachers.

    One teacher is responsible for each course session, see the respective schedule or course instructions on the learning platform Athena.

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