2014 - 2015

  Basic Course of GIS Part 1  
Yad Avner - Geography232 Tue1600-1800 Sem  1
Prof. colin polskyYad Avner - Geography232 Tue1000-1200 Sem  1
University credit hours:  2.0

Course description
During the last decade, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) have become the major tool for managing spatial data. GIS combines two basic abilities that are necessary for the management of geographic data: data storage of arbitrarily types and presentation of data as a map. GIS supplies a broad arsenal of analytic tools that include data selection capabilities, statistical processing as well as two- and three- dimensional presentation of data and analytic results. Part 1 of the course provides the basic overview of the structure and use of GIS. The students will apply two GIS systems – MapInfo and ArcInfo – in exercises.
Course program
1. GIS basics
1.1. Vector and raster data
1.2. Emergence and evolution of GIS
2. Thematic mapping
3. Querying
3.1. What is a database?
3.2. SQL
3.3. Spatial abilities of SQL for the GIS
4. Topological structure of maps
4.1. Maps as graphs
4.2. Spagetti model versus the geo-relational model
5. Spatial analysis in GIS
5.1. Buffers
5.2. Overlay operations
5.3 Distances and adjacency
6. Geocoding and address matching
7. Raster and raster operations (introduction)

1. Star, J. and Estes,J. (1990) Geographic Information Systems: An Introduction, Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ.
2. Bernhardsen, T. (1992) Geographic Information System, VIAK IT.
3. Chou, Y-H. (1997) Exploring Spatial Analysis in GIS, OnWord Press, Santa Fe, NM.
4. Longley, P. et al. (2001) Geographical Information Systems and Science, Wiley, New York.
5. Bonham-Carter, G.F, (1994). Geographic Information Systems for Geoscientists, Modeling with GIS, Pergamon, Oxford, UK.
6. Verbyla, D. L. (2002). Practical GIS Analysis, Taylor & Francis, Oxford and New York.
7. NCGIA Core Curriculum (1994) http://www.geog.ubc.ca/courses/klink/gis.notes/ncgia/toc.html

Introduction to Geoinformatics

Exercises: 35%
Exam: 65%

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