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Course unit
IN01123483, A.A. 2017/18

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2017/18

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
IN1825, Degree course structure A.Y. 2010/11, A.Y. 2017/18
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Degree course track SOIL, WATER AND ENVIRONMENT [001PD]
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination GEOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION SYSTEMS
Department of reference Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge GIUSEPPE SALEMI ICAR/06

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses ICAR/06 Topography and Cartography 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 48 102.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/10/2017
End of activities 19/01/2018

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
8 2017 01/10/2017 30/11/2018 SALEMI GIUSEPPE (Presidente)
GUARNIERI ALBERTO (Membro Effettivo)
7 2016 01/10/2016 30/11/2017 SALEMI GIUSEPPE (Presidente)
GUARNIERI ALBERTO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Mathematics and base statistics.

Main concepts about cartography and topography about cartographic reference systems: Datum, UTM, WGS84, geoid, ellipsoid, etc...

Basic computer science skills to install software, to import and to export digital data.
Target skills and knowledge: This course is an introduction to Geographical Information Systems, a cultural sector with fast growing in many and different areas. In this framework the student will be focused on territorial and environmental analysis.
Some topics are covered from theoretical and practical point of view: acquisition, management, analysis, visualization and sharing of spatial and temporal data.

After completing the course the student will be able to:
- explain fundamental concepts related to digital cartography and vector & raster data models;
- produce and interpret basic thematic maps using GIS;
- understand and apply fundamental principles of map design;
- use GIS as a tool for reports of spatial analyses concerning territorial analysis and environmental issues.
Examination methods: The student will present a team developed project.
The main structure about the project will be discussed with the teacher and will focus some topics about territorial and environmental analysis.
Assessment criteria: During the course,the student will acquire some skills related to small projects about different topics.
The results will be presented and discussed after each teoria and practical lesson.
The student will be evaluated after each job assignment as well he final project.
Each activity will be team conducted.
Course unit contents: Ancient cartography and maps.
The cartographic process and problems about the generalization.
Image compression techniques: JPEG, JPEG200, quad tree.
The vector approach: geometrical entities, spaghetti model, whole polygon model, topological model.
L'approccio raster: resolution and precision, pixel, voxel.
Data analysis methods: classification, map overlay, buffer analysis.
Introduction to Data Base Management Systems: fields and tables, SQL language, semantic and structural incompatibilities.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course covers theoretical and applied cartography, as well as basic thematic analyses of spatial data derived from existing databases.

The lessons and the practical exercises are related to image compression, map design, vector and raster data overlay, buffer analysis, Digital Elevation Model & Digital Terrain Model production and virtual navigation.

The GIS software used in the course is Quantum GIS (open and free).
Additional notes about suggested reading: Two main books are highly recommended: the first one (Burrough & Mcdonnell) to acquire the basic skills; the second one (Zhang & Goodchill) to focus the action on uncertainty management in the geographical information systems.

On th Moodle platform all th powerpoint presentation will be available in pdf format.

Some articles will be provided after each basic lesson to develop small seminarial activities.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Burrough, Peter A.; McDonnell, Rachael A., Principles of Geographical Information Systems. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Zhang, Jingxiong; Goodchild, Michael F., Uncertainty in geographical information. London: Taylor & Francis, 2002. Cerca nel catalogo