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CO-464-C Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

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Welcome to the GIS Lab 2022 webpages. This course relies heavily on past courses, especially those designed by Prof. Angelo Rossi.

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Official Module Description

A general introduction to datasets, models, and tools in Earth and Environmental Sciences (EES) is provided in this module. Students learn to find, access, and display EES data and models of different types and formats, and to perform basic processing and visualization operations. Relevant EES structures and processes reflected in the data and models are explained and discussed in an innovative learning environment that combines traditional classroom instruction with hands-on computer exercises and group work. Of importance are geographic information systems (GIS) that are fundamental to many EES disciplines.

Module Assessment

  • Exam (100%)
  • Computer-based exam (180 minutes), each course 60mins
  • Bonus Scheme - up to 10% (of total grade) for submission of assignments and exercises.  

Course Description

The introductory course on geospatial data analysis and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) will focus on the use of spatial information systems and technologies such as ArcGIS for modeling and analysis of environmental data and resource management. The main purpose is to train students in environmental problem-solving skills using data analysis and GIS techniques.

GIS provides the tools to combine, manage, visualize and map large volumes of complex multidimensional geographic data and use it for spatial correlation, analysis and modeling. This course will introduce you to the principles, methods, techniques and applications on GIS through a variety of lectures and hands-on computer exercises. Aspects of computer sciences, cartography, geodesy, remote sensing and advanced topics such as spatial interpolation, surface analysis, terrain modeling, raster/vector data models, landscape pattern analysis, land cover modeling and resource management will be touched upon during this course.


All the exercises and assignments needed to be collated into ONE report. The report template to be used is provided below

Please note that the report needs to be submitted:

  1. In a digital format to the server ( before 16:00 on 22.12.2022. In addition to the report, please upload and submit all relevant files. Access details to this server will be provided in the next classes.
  2. In a printed/hardcopy format to Vikram Unnithan (R3, Room 99) before 16:00 on 22.12.2022. I will explain in class why this is needed / required.




Students should NOTIFY me of the submission by email File upload times on the server will be considered as the submission date and time.

Report Template

Use this template (GIS_report_TEMPLATE.tex for the reports. In order to create the reports, you can either use the online LaTeX editors:

Or install LaTeX on your own computer / laptop using:

Course Time Table



Any introductory book on Geospatial Data / GIS / Geographic Information Systems would do. We have several in the library and/or as e-book. Even if they are focused on commercial products (e.g. ESRI ArcGis) they are.

Primary Book: 
Geographic Information Systems and Science, 2nd Edition (2005) Paul A. Longley, Michael F. Goodchild, David J. Maguire, David W. Rhind. Wiley, 560 p. ISBN 0470721448 Google Books entry

Secondary Book: 
Concepts and Techniques of Geographic Information Systems (2002) Chor Pang Lo and Albert K. W. Yeung. Prentice Hall, 492 p. ISBN 0130804274 Google Books entry


GIS Concepts and ArcGIS Methods (2003) David M. Theobald. Conservation Planning Technologies, Inc, 378 p. ISBN 0967920825 Google Books entry

GIS Tutorial Basic Workbook for ArcGis10 (2010) Wilpen L. Gorr and Kristen S. Kurland. ESRI Press, 450 p. ISBN 158948259X Google Books entry


In addition, internet resources (like those provided in our notebooks) are also good to introduce basic concepts.

Course participants 

#Last nameFirst Name
6NuamKhawm Suan
7OpreaAlexandru Octavian


Florian Neu 
CLAMV System Administrator

Vikram Unnithan  
Office: Research III, Room 98
Tel: +49 (0)421 200 3153 
Teaching Assistant - :


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File gis-lab_report_TEMPLATE.tex Sep 05, 2022 by Unnithan, Vikram
PDF File GIS-mapping-society.pdf Sep 05, 2022 by Unnithan, Vikram
PDF File Exercise1.pdf Sep 20, 2022 by Unnithan, Vikram
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