651-4031-00L  Geographic Information Systems

SemesterAutumn Semester 2023
LecturersA. Baltensweiler, M. Fraefel Kocher
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


651-4031-00 GGeographic Information Systems4 hrs
Wed/208:15-12:00HG E 26.1 »
08:15-12:00HG E 26.3 »
08.11.08:15-10:00HG D 5.2 »
A. Baltensweiler, M. Fraefel Kocher

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AbstractIntroduction to the fundamental concepts and data processing capabilities of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Practical application of geospatial data management and analysis functions based on a selected geoscience project.
ObjectiveStudents can
- explain the basic principles of GIS
- solve a complex, real-world GIS problem in the field of Earth Science
- apply the principles of data modelling and geoprocessing with ArcGIS Pro: data design and modelling, data acquisition, data integration of different data types (including LiDAR data), spatial analysis of vector and raster data, special functions for digital terrain modelling and hydrology, map production and 3D visualisation.
ContentTheoretical introduction to the concepts, spatial data types and spatial data handling functions of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Application of data modeling principles and geoprocessing capabilities using ArcGIS Pro: data design and modeling, data acquisition, data acquisition and integration, spatial analysis of vector and raster data, particular functions for digital terrain modeling and hydrology, map generation and 3D-visualization.
Lecture notesLecture Script: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems, Tutorial: Introduction to ArcGIS Pro. All lecture materials are provided digitally.
LiteratureLongley P.A., Goodchild M.F., Maguire D.J., Rhind D.W. (2015): Geographic Information Systems and Science. Fourth Edition. John Wiley & Sons, Chichester, England.

Burrough P.A., McDonnell R.A. and Lloyd C.D. (2015): Principles of Geographical Information Systems. Third edition. Oxford : Oxford University Press, England.

Jones, C.B. (2013): Geographical Information Systems and Computer Cartography. Taylor & Francis eBooks Complete. Available Online ETHZ library.
Subject-specific CompetenciesConcepts and Theoriesfostered
Techniques and Technologiesassessed
Method-specific CompetenciesAnalytical Competenciesassessed
Media and Digital Technologiesassessed
Project Managementfostered
Social CompetenciesCooperation and Teamworkfostered
Personal CompetenciesCreative Thinkingfostered
Critical Thinkingfostered
Self-awareness and Self-reflection fostered
Self-direction and Self-management fostered

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits3 credits
ExaminersA. Baltensweiler, M. Fraefel Kocher
Typegraded semester performance
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionRepetition only possible after re-enrolling for the course unit.

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Places60 at the most
PriorityRegistration for the course unit is until 18.09.2023 only possible for the primary target group
Primary target groupEarth and Climate Sciences BSc (652100) starting semester 05
Waiting listuntil 20.09.2023

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