BYG109 Geographic Information Systems Analysis

Course description for academic year 2020/2021

Due to Covid-19, changes may occur in course descriptions for the autumn semester of 2020. Changes in each course will be published on Studentweb or Canvas. When a course description has been changed there, the description on web is no longer valid. Examples of such changes could be accomplishment of practice, course type, or whether letter grades or passed/not passed will be used as grading scales.

Contents and structure

This course focuses on general GIS techniques with a special attention on planning and environmental issues. Students will learn to recognize when GIS should be applied to solve a particular problem.


Data capture and data availability, modelling, standards, use of SOSI data, data quality, suitability analysis, use of reference systems, handling of data errors, cartography, terrain modelling, use of laser data, use of cadastre data, analysis related to planning.

Learning Outcome

After completing this course, the student should be able to:


  • Explain basic methods for spatial data capture in GIS and how the data could be modelled in GIS.
  • Explain basic techniques for processing, analysis and visualisation of spatial data.
  • Recognise tasks where GIS could be applied.


  • Evaluate and apply basic GIS techniques for different tasks.
  • Couple table data with geographic data.
  • Perform basic analyses and present results according to cartographic methods and techniques.

General Competence

Develop a conscious and critical relationship to different techniques for presentation of geographical information. This in relation to the environmental and social challenges.

Entry requirements


Recommended previous knowledge

Knowledge corresponding or similar to LEI101.

Teaching methods

Lectures, theory and lab exercises.

Course requirements

Six mandatory assignments in the form of written reports.

The assignments must be submitted within set deadlines and must be approved before examination can take place.

Approved assignments are valid in three subsequent semesters.


3 hour written examination.

Time and place for the examination will be announced at Studentweb and digital assessment system.

The examination is digital and the students bring their own computer. The software used for the examination must be installed and tested by the student before the examination.

Grading scale is A-F where F is fail.

In case of new exam (outside of ordinary), or if there are few registered students, the exam could be oral.

Examination support material

The students use their own computer  on the examination.

More about examination support material

Course reductions

  • LOJ216 (1) - Geographic Information Systems - Analysis and Visualization - Reduction: 10 studypoints