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School of Human and Social Sciences and Cultural Heritage
Course unit
SUP7080297, 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
SU2297, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2017/18
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination GIS FOR LOCAL DEVELOPMENT
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Historical and Geographic Sciences and the Ancient World
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 SILVIA PIOVAN M-GGR/01

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses M-GGR/01 Geography 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 42 108.0 No turn

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

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
1 Commissione 2017/18 01/12/2017 30/11/2018 PIOVAN SILVIA (Presidente)
QUATRIDA DARIA (Membro Effettivo)
PASE ANDREA (Supplente)

Prerequisites: No particular prerequisites are required
Target skills and knowledge: Knowledge: students will acquire the basic knowledge in cartography and Geographic Information System (GIS) for their use in the geo-historical analysis of the territory and its local development.

Abilities: students will be able to read and interpret modern and historical cartographic documents, to find cartographic and documentary resources, and to manage a GIS project in all its main phases.
Examination methods: - Two written tests during the lecture period (the tests will include both questionnaires and open questions) on the topics covered during the lessons (50%)
- Oral final exam (50%)
Assessment criteria: Verification of the achievement of skills and abilities described in the syllabus of the course.
Course unit contents: - Elements of theoretical cartography and mapping techniques (definitions, purposes of the maps, the power of maps, shape of the Earth, datums, projections, coordinate systems, scale, conventional signs and symbols)
- Reading and interpretation of modern and ancient maps (both in italian and international contexts)
- Introduction to GIS (definitions, importance in territorial studies)
- Construction phases of a GIS project
- Data models (raster and vector)
- Structure and basics of ArcGIS
- Add / import existing data, web-based maps services
- Digitize new features
- Creation of a map in ArcGIS and use of symbology
- Selection and queries
- Geo-referencing (historical maps, vertical photos, ...)
- Applications of cartography and GIS in territorial studies, with particular attention to local and participatory development (both in italian and international contexts)
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: - Lectures, reading of modern and ancient maps, GIS laboratory, possible fieldtrip, studying reference literature
Additional notes about suggested reading: Materials distributed on Moodle (pdf of lessons, reference articles and chapters, class notes)
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Jensen J.R., Jensen R.R., Introductory Geographic Information Systems. USA: Pearson, 2013. Useful book to take into consideration for the study of the introductory GIS Cerca nel catalogo
  • Shellito B.A., Discovering GIS and ArcGIS. Firenze: W.H. Freeman, 2015. Very good help to use beside the pdf of lessons in the study of GIS and ArcGIS Cerca nel catalogo