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Geographic information systems for environmental and natural science studies

Welcome to the all-inclusive course on Geographical Information Systems TE0017.

The aim of the course is to present geographical information system (GIS) as a tool for planning, implementing, and presenting real-world projects of geographic dimensions. Applied on vectorised as well as rasterized information, the course contains elements of cartography, geodesy, positioning techniques, database techniques, international map-base standards, and international law.

TE0017 education is internationally web-based where geographic information systems are taught via problem-based computer exercises (web courses). The course combines mandatory exercises with the possibility of adding personally profiled web courses. With teacher guidance, the web courses are chosen to cover topics that range from data capture to geographic analysis, and design of traditional as well as web-based maps. Each exercise is examined at the web, where the resulting certificate is internationally valid.

TE0017 provides the theory of GIS via video-recorded lectures that are examined with a written test.

Please examine the TE0017 Canvas-room in order to assess our supply of web-courses, and to learn how they may be combined at different levels of examination.

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TE0017 Geographic information systems for environmental and natural science studies, 7.5 Credits

Geografiska informationssystem för miljö- och naturvetenskap

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Technology Technology

Education cycle

Master’s level


Title Credits Code
Theory 4.00 1002
Exercises 3.50 1003

Advanced study in the main field

Second cycle, only first-cycle courses as entry requirements(A1N)

Grading scale

5:Pass with Distinction, 4:Pass with Credit, 3:Pass, U:Fail The requirements for attaining different grades are described in the course assessment criteria which are contained in a supplement to the course syllabus. Current information on assessment criteria shall be made available at the start of the course.



Prior knowledge

- 120 credits, of which 90 credits in technique/technology and/or natural sciences
- Knowledge equivalent to English 6 from Swedish upper secondary school


The course intends to give an introduction to geographic information systems where social relevance and system integration stand in focus. Furthermore, an orientation in basic geographic analysis is included.

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:
- Describe basic principles of GIS and geographic analysis
- Apply GIS in standard software
- Develop and automate GIS for user adapted needs and applications
- Plan and implement GIS project in adequate application fields
- Analyse and quantify geographic patterns, structures and relationship as well as
- Critically search and quantify sources of error in GIS and geographic analysis.


The course presents geographic information systems (GIS) as a tool for planning, implementation and presentation of projects that handle geographically related information. It provides practically applicable knowledge of how spatial information can be analysed and presented by means of maps and covers GIS in a system perspective, spatial data models, geodesy, geographic map services and products, satellite based positioning, remote sensing, cartography and map production as well as automated applications and geographic analysis.

The teaching consists of lectures, interactive case-based moments where GIS projects are analysed (attendance can be compulsory), as well as problem-oriented computer exercises. The computer exercises are carried out in the form of web-based educational modules where compulsory and elective exercises are combined so that they cover components from data acquisition to geographic analysis and design of traditional as well as web-based maps.

Formats and requirements for examination

Examination takes place with written examination as well as presentation of completed computer exercises.
Passing the course requires
- passed written examination
- passed presentation of problem-based computer exercises, and
- attendance at compulsory elements (stated in the timetable).
  • If the student fails a test, the examiner may give the student a supplementary assignment, provided this is possible and there is reason to do so.
  • If the student has been granted special educational support because of a disability, the examiner has the right to offer the student an adapted test, or provide an alternative assessment.
  • If changes are made to this course syllabus, or if the course is closed, SLU shall decide on transitional rules for examination of students admitted under this syllabus but who have not yet passed the course.
  • For the examination of a degree project (independent project), the examiner may also allow the student to add supplemental information after the deadline. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Other information

  • The right to take part in teaching and/or supervision only applies to the course date to which the student has been admitted and registered on.
  • If there are special reasons, the student may take part in course components that require compulsory attendance at a later date. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Responsible department

Department of Energy and Technology

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom naturresurser och jordbruk (PN - NJ)
There are no Grading criteria posted for this course
1) An Introduction to Geographical Information Systems
Author: Heywood, Ian
ISBN: 9780273722595
Comments: Main Lecture textbook. 689 SEK at
2) Geografisk informationsbehandling - teori, metoder och tillämpningar
Author: Lars Harrie (editor)
ISBN: 9789144088778
Comments: Alternative lecture textbook in Swedish. 472 SEK at
3) Getting to know ArcGIS
Author: Law M., Collins A.
ISBN: 9781589483828
Comments: Optional training litterature. 768 SEK at
4) The ESRI Guide to GIS Analysis. Volume 1: Geographic Patterns and Relationsships
Author: Mitchell A.
ISBN: 9781879102064
Comments: Optional inspiration for the project-based part of the course. 459 SEK at BOKUS.
5) The ESRI Guide to GIS Analysis. Volume 2: Spatial Measurements & Statistics
Author: Andy Mitchell
ISBN: 9781589481169
Comments: Optional inspiration for the project-based part of the course. 393 SEK at
6) The ESRI Guide to GIS Analysis. Volume 3: Modeling Suitability, Movement, and Interaction
Author: Andy Mitchell
ISBN: 9781589483057
Comments: Optional inspiration for the project-based part of the course. 659 SEK at
7) Cartography - Visualization of Spatial Data
Author: Kraak M-J, Ormeling F
ISBN: 9780273722793
Comments: Optional inspiration for the finalisation of project presentation. 929 SEK at

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: EnvEuro - European Master in Environmental Science Soil and Water Management - Master´s Programme Soil, Water and Environment – Master´s Programme Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 19027 SEK Cycle: Master’s level
Subject: Technology Technology
Course code: TE0017 Application code: SLU-20102 Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Energy and Technology Pace: 100%