Geoinformation Systems

Course Description

Historical development of GIS. Spatial awareness and cartographic foundation of GIS. Coordinate systems, cartographic projections, geodetic datum. Raster and vector type of data. Data sources and data capturing. Models of geospatial information. Basic database concepts for GIS. Object-relational and object data models. GIS project. GIS analyses. Distributed GIS. Web mapping and WebGIS. Concept of mobile GIS. GIS integration in enterprise information system. Case studies.

General Competencies

The objectives of the course are to give the students the basic knowledge about theory and practice of geospatial information systems.Upon the completition of the course, students will be qualified to do following: 1. basic understanding of geospatial modelling concepts; 2. basic knowledge of geospatial databases design; 3. practical skills of GIS analyses and developing of GIS applications; 4. basic knowledge and practical skills of GIS project management

Learning Outcomes

  1. define development of geoinformation systems
  2. recognize cartographic fundamentals of GIS
  3. explain sources and types of spatial data
  4. demonstrate spatial data modelling
  5. demonstrate spatial anaylsis
  6. design of geoinformation systems

Forms of Teaching


Power point presentation and examples with GIS software,


Moodle e-learning assesment is used for examination of theoretical part of the curriculum.

Laboratory Work

Learning the basic functionalities of GIS software that will be used later in GIS project.

Structural Exercises

Unique GIS project for each student with real world data and geospatial analysis.


Additional literature, educatonal video material, software, real world examples.

Grading Method

Continuous Assessment Exam
Type Threshold Percent of Grade Threshold Percent of Grade
Seminar/Project 0 % 60 % 0 % 60 %
Mid Term Exam: Written 50 % 20 % 0 %
Final Exam: Written 50 % 20 %
Exam: Written 50 % 20 %
Exam: Oral 20 %

Week by Week Schedule

  1. historical development of spatial data manipulation, cartography and GIS
  2. cartographic fundamentals of GIS
  3. spatial data sources; data quality; GPS basics
  4. principles of real world modelling in GIS; data formats; raster and vector data types
  5. topology and basic GIS analysis
  6. conceptual modelling; basic of geospatial databases
  7. modelling and manipulation of spatial data in information systems
  8. advanced GIS analysis, network analyis
  9. interoperability, semi-structued data models
  10. WebGIS concept, OGC WMS, OGC WFS
  11. mobile GIS
  12. geoinformation services - Google Maps, Bing
  13. overview and comparison of GIS software, opensources solutions
  14. GIS application in energy sector, telecommunications and other infrastructure projects
  15. GIS project management

Study Programmes

University graduate
Computer Science (profile)
Recommended elective courses (3. semester)
Electrical Power Engineering (profile)
Recommended elective courses (3. semester)
Software Engineering and Information Systems (profile)
Recommended elective courses (3. semester)
Telecommunication and Informatics (profile)
Recommended elective courses (3. semester)
Wireless Technologies (profile)
Recommended elective courses (3. semester)


Tor Bernhardsen (2002.), Geographic Information Systems: An introduction, John Wiley & Sons
Z. R. Peng, M. H. Tsou (2003.), Internet GIS, John Wiley & Sons
John E. Harmon, Steven J. Anderson (2003.), The Design and Implementation of Geographic Information Systems, Wiley

Laboratory exercises

For students


ID 127415
  Winter semester
L0 English Level
L1 e-Learning
30 Lectures
15 Laboratory exercises

Grading System

90 Excellent
75 Very Good
60 Good
50 Acceptable