In this theme students will learn about what a GIS is, how to get started with the software, how objects in the real world can be represented on a map, how locations are recorded using coordinates, and how a two-dimensional map can be made from a three-dimensional Earth. In the theme project, students will create their own GIS data by tracing geographic features from a satellite image for a location and theme of their choice. This theme will provide a strong foundation in mapping and GIS that will give students the understanding they need to start working with GIS, and to continue to the other two themes in this course.
- What is a GIS?
- Introduction to QGIS
- Vector and raster data (Mapping the real world)
- Coordinate Systems (Mapping Locations)
- Map Projections (Flattening the Earth)
- Project : Creating Your Own Data
The course is presented through lectures in videos followed by brief quizzes. Brief instructions will be provided to guide students through the practical hands-on sessions.
The course is assessed through exercises and project reports that must be submitted on-line.
Intended audience : Anybody who works with spatial data.
Instructors : Prof Fethi Ahmed and his team