Course: Geographic Information Systems I

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Course title Geographic Information Systems I
Course code USII/PGIS1
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Lesson
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study 3
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 5
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Bhattacharya Devanjan, Ph.D.
  • Sedlák Pavel, Mgr. Ph.D.
  • Komárková Jitka, doc. Ing. Ph.D.
Course content
Basic terms. GIS - definition, historical development, various aspects, relations to other computer systems. GIS structure - hardware, software, data, people - characteristics. Fields of GIS application, examples of GIS application in practice. Modelling of geographic objects. Representation of spatial objects. Activities within the GIS project - characteristics. Data sources - overview. The analytic and synthetic function of GIS. Data visualization - overview. Output generation: graphs and maps.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic (reading, lecture, briefing), Dialogic (discussion, interview, brainstorming), Methods of individual activities
Learning outcomes
The aim of the course is to acquaint students with the geographic information systems (GIS). Basic terms, GIS structure, GIS applications, analytic functions, the spatial object representation, visualization and output generation are introduced.
Students will be able to apply practically the basic methods of data visualization and methods of spatial analyses, particularly used in the vector data processing.
Basic knowledge of databaases: - Architecture - Data modelling approaches - Structured data modelling, entitities and relationships. - Transormation of data models. - Normalisation of relational data model.

Assessment methods and criteria
Oral examination, Written examination, Home assignment evaluation

The assignment is granted upon elaboration and defence of the seminar project. The examination consists of both oral and written part. The level of knowledge is examined as well as the student ability to apply acquired knowledge on practical problem solving.
Recommended literature
  • ČAPEK, R. a kol. Geografická kartografie.. Praha, 1992.
  • Kolektiv. Panel-GI kompendium. Průvodce světem geoinformací a geografických informačních systémů. Vienna, 2000. ISBN 3-901716-22.
  • Komárková, Jitka. Geografické informační systémy : pro kombinovanou formu studia. Pardubice: Univerzita Pardubice, 2005. ISBN 80-7194-819-5.
  • LONGLEY, P.A., GOODCHILD, M., MAGUIRE, D.J., RHIND, D,W. Geographic Information Systems and Science. John Wiley & Sons, 2010. ISBN 978-0470721445.
  • Slocum, Terry A. Thematic cartography and geovisualization. Upper Saddle River: Pearson Education, 2009. ISBN 978-0-13-229834-6.
  • Tuček, Ján. Geografické informační systémy : principy a praxe. Praha: Computer Press, 1998. ISBN 80-7226-091-X.
  • Voženílek V. Aplikovaná kartografie I. Olomouc, 2004. ISBN 80-244-0270-X.

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