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School of Human and Social Sciences and Cultural Heritage
Course unit
SUP7080297, A.A. 2018/19

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2018/19

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
SU2446, Degree course structure A.Y. 2018/19, A.Y. 2018/19
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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
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
Other lecturers MASSIMO DE MARCHI 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 24/09/2018
End of activities 18/01/2019
Show course schedule 2018/19 Reg.2018 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
1 Commissione 2018/19 01/12/2018 30/11/2019 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 systems for their use in the geo-historical analysis of the territory and its local development.

Abilities: students successfully completing the course will be aware on how to use modern and historical cartographic documents in GIS and how to manage a GIS project in all its main phases.

In particular, the abilities that the course provides can be summarize in the following points:
• Communicate the importance of cartography and GIS both in the process of acquiring data for the territorial analysis and of territorial mapping and visualization.
• Give the basic knowledge of theoretical cartography
• Design the major steps in a GIS project workflow
• Appropriately select a map projection and coordinate system for a study area
• Collect geospatial data from an existing historic map/aerial image
• Download geospatial data from an online geoportal site
• Design a data structure for storing and representing geospatial data
• Creation of cartographic products with appropriate symbolization
• Georeferencing raster data (historic maps, vertical photos)
• Conduct spatial and attribute queries and analysis (statistical, introduction to multicriteria and network analysis, ...)
Examination methods: Students can pass the exam in two ways:

• Two tests during lesson period (50%) + final practical oral exam (50%) during exams dates according examination calendar
o The tests will include both targeted and open questions on the topics covered during the lessons.
o For the students that pass the tests with an average mark > or = 18 out of 30, the oral exam will consist of a discussion and open questions on practical aspects of GIS using the software ArcGIS.
o Bring the maps you created during the lessons.
o Questions regarding the mistakes made in the tests could also be part of the exam.
o The student that did not pass the tests, must complete the full oral exam that consists of all parts of the course (theoretical and practical parts)


• Full oral exam on full program (theoretical and practical parts) during exams dates according examination calendar
Assessment criteria: Verification of the achievement of skills and abilities described in the syllabus of the course.
Course unit contents: The course will be divided in three main parts:

FIRST PART (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 and practice on maps (e.g. calculus of coordinates).

SECOND PART (theoretical part of GIS)
- Introduction to GIS (definitions, importance in territorial studies)
- Construction phases of a GIS project
- Data models (raster and vector)
- Structure and basics of ArcGIS

THIRD PART (practical activities)
- 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, ...)
- Simple geo-processing operations and analysis

All parts of the course will use real applications of cartography and GIS in territorial studies and research, with particular attention to local and participatory development (both in Italian and international contexts).
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: - Lectures and seminars, calculus of coordinates on maps, GIS laboratory, studying reference literature
Additional notes about suggested reading: Materials distributed on Moodle (pdf of lessons, reference articles and chapters, class notes)

The books are suggested but not required to pass the exam.
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

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Case study
  • Working in group
  • Questioning
  • Problem solving
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

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