This course aims to prepare students to read, understand, interpret, and create maps and other products from maps for geoscientific purposes. This is the only QGIS certified course in Norway.
8th August 2021
NOK 12 500,- + semester fee Includes an official QGIS certificate
I find mapping to be a powerful tool for decision-making, and this course is a first step in preparing you for using maps and spatial analysis. This course is self-paced so that it can be flexible with your schedule.
At the end of the semester, students should have an understanding of what it means to create a map. This course is intended to be beneficial for basic cartographic applications.
- reading, understanding, and interpreting maps
- reading and understanding scientific literature
- writing scientific summary of work
- basic understanding and use of geographic information systems
- ability to use and understand basics of GPS
- solve basic spatial problems using Python
- present work in a scientific manner.
The course will be held in the period: 1th September - 15th December
There will be an online meeting: 1th September
The exam report can be delivered in Norwegian.
Teaching language: English
- Course reading and labs loaded on Canvas as pdf
- E-lectures via Canvas Studio
- QGIS open source and free software
After successful completion (completing all lessons and passing the assignments) of the course you will receive the official QGIS certificate.
- The course load is equivalent to approximately 10 hours per week.
- Readings and e-lectures provide appropriate background for exercises.
- A weekly virtual meeting via Zoom will be held in order to provide support and answer questions.
- Course communications will be via email and Canvas. It’s up to you to make sure your email is set up correctly with the University.
- There is no exam for this course.
- The course follows a self-paced format. All assignments can be handed in early; feedback will be given as appropriate throughout the semester.
- Test – 20%
- Cartography report – 35%
- Mapping project - 45%
GIS and mapping for geoscience (i.e. What is this course about?)
- Course information
- Assign cartography report
- Group project assignment explained
- Groups assigned
History of mapping
- Reading: “Basic concepts, parts 1, 2, and 3”
Geodesy and Projections, Coordinate reference systems, datums, and map scales
- E-lecture o Reading: “Basic concepts, parts 4, 5, 6, and 7”
- Lab: Projections, CRS, and scales
Data organization and structure
- Reading: “Organization, parts 1, 2, and 3”
- Lab: Organizing data and understanding data structures
- Reading: “Organization, part 4”
- Lab: Import lidar data to GIS
- Reading: “Organization, part 5”
- Lab: Geocaching and importing GPS data to GIS
- Downloading data
- Reading: “Organization, parts 6”
- Lab: Find and evaluate online data
- Reading: “Organization, part 7”
- Lab: Georeferencing
Shapefiles and geodatabases, contours and hillshades
- Reading: “Organization, parts 8 and 9”
- Lab: Creating data
Visualisation: Basics to reading a map
- Reading: “Visualisation, parts 1, 2, 3, and 4”
- Lab: Visualisation and map reading
- Reading: “Visualisation, part 5”
- Lab: Understanding symbology and map reading
Plan and create a map
- Reading: “Visualisation, part 6”
- Lab: Map creation
Using Python to solve basic spatial problems
- Reading: “Python in GIS”
- Lab: Solving basic spatial problems programmatically
Spatial query o E-lecture
- Reading: “Spatial Query”
- Lab: Spatial query
- Reading: “Combination”
- Lab: Combination
- Reading: “Analysis”
- Lab: Analyzing data
- Reading: “Prediction”
- Lab: Using GIS for prediction