Course detail

Geographical Information Systems

FIT-GISAcad. year: 2019/2020

Students will learn the basic principles of GIS systems (Geographic Information System), the problems of storing and processing information about objects defined by their geographic coordinates and the generating of user specified electronic maps. Moreover, the course is oriented also to basics of topology and computer modelling, which will be employed in design of a particular GIS database structure. Rather large chapter of GISes is the modelling of geoobjects into a vector and raster form. Doing various surveys is another important aspect of GISes. Student will use there their knowledge of current position measurement and navigation.  In the second part of the course, the lectures will bring some notes about analysis and processing of the stored data. Students will explore two well known GIS systems ArcView and Grass in the practical computer exercises and will have some opportunity to do experiments with them.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Students will learn the theoretical basis of GIS systems, their connection to WWW, data bases and display systems. The students will also learn to operate the ArcView and Grass system.
Students will enter very specific area of information systems which is connected to description of our planet, natural sciences and introducing the information society into practice.

Prerequisites

Basics of modelling and simulation of systems. Database systems. Information systems.

Co-requisites

Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Davis, E.D.: GIS pro každého - Vytváříme mapy na počítači, Computer Press, 2001
Tuček, J.: Geografické informační systémy, Computer Press, 1998
Monmonier, M.: Proč mapy lžou, Computer Press, 2002
Arctur, D., Zeiler, M.: Designing Geodatabases: Case Studies in GIS Data Modeling, ESRI Press, 2004, USA
Korte, G.B.: The GIS Book (páté vydání), OnWord Press, 2001, Kanada
Longley, P.A., Goodchild, M.F., Maguire, D. J., Rhind, D.R.: Geographic Information Systems and Science, ESRI Press, 2001, USA
Peters, D.: Building a GIS: System Architecture Design Strategies for Managers, ESRI Press, 2012

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Not applicable.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Mid-term test and an individual project.
Exam prerequisites:
Students have to release a individually made project which will be evaluated at least with one third of points (10 points from 30).

Language of instruction

Czech

Work placements

Not applicable.

Aims

The goal of the course is to teach students the principles of GIS (Geographic Information Systems) and to prepare them for the practical work with GIS systems which means their design, implementation, doing geographical surveys, analyzing GIS databases and their applications in industry, research and commerce.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Mid-term exam (incl. test if it is declared), laboratory practice supported by a project and final exam are the monitored, and points earning, education.
Mid-term exam and laboratory practice (supported by the project) are without alternative. Final exam has two additional alternatives.The minimal number of points which can be obtained from the final exam is 25. Otherwise,
no points will be assigned to a student.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme IT-MGR-2 Master's

    branch MBI , any year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, optional
    branch MPV , any year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, optional
    branch MGM , any year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, compulsory-optional
    branch MSK , any year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, optional
    branch MIS , any year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, compulsory-optional
    branch MBS , any year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, optional
    branch MIN , any year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, compulsory-optional
    branch MMI , any year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, optional
    branch MMM , any year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, optional

  • Programme MITAI Master's

    specialization NADE , any year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, optional
    specialization NBIO , any year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, optional
    specialization NGRI , any year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, optional
    specialization NNET , any year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, optional
    specialization NVIZ , any year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, optional
    specialization NCPS , any year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, optional
    specialization NSEC , any year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, optional
    specialization NEMB , any year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, optional
    specialization NHPC , any year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, optional
    specialization NISD , any year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, optional
    specialization NIDE , any year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, optional
    specialization NISY , any year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, optional
    specialization NMAL , any year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, optional
    specialization NMAT , any year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, optional
    specialization NSEN , any year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, optional
    specialization NVER , any year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, optional
    specialization NSPE , any year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, optional

Type of course unit

 

Lecture

26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer

Syllabus


  • Introduction to GIS systems. Basics of geography.
  • Structure and functions of GIS.
  • Modelling of geographical objects.
  • Representation of spatial objects in GIS databases.
  • Database support for making the GIS systems.
  • Activities in a typical GIS project.
  • Doing geographical surveys.
  • Processing and visualization of geographical data.
  • GIS products ArcView and Grass.
  • User specified maps creating.
  • Technical equipment for GIS support. Maintenance of GIS software systems.
  • Navigation in terrain using the GIS equipment.
  • Application of GIS in industry, administration and natural sciences.

Exercise in computer lab

10 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer

Syllabus


  • Implementation of a simple GIS database.
  • Operating the ArcView GIS program.
  • Operating the Grass GIS program.
  • Generating electronic maps from GIS databases.

Project

16 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer

Syllabus

Individually assigned project for the whole duration of the course - project will bring students into a design of their own small GIS system, doing surveys and analysis.

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