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GE413 Cartography and GIS

Course description for academic year 2020/2021

Contents and structure

The course starts with an introduction to cartography concepts of map construction and map projections. This includes 3 practical exercises in the use of map and compass as well as basic map reading skills in both analogue and digital maps. The GIS part of the course introduces principles behind vector and raster-based GIS, as well as applications of these. Thematic maps and spatial analyses are introduced through exercises drawing on natural sciences, especially in the context of planning. Students will use both online map resources and physical data. 8 of a total of 11 exercises are performed with the software QGIS.

Learning Outcome


  • basic knowledge of topographical and thematic maps, map projections and coordinate systems
  • familiarity with the principles of geographic information systems (GIS)
  • familiarity with the range of analyses possible using geographic information systems (GIS)


  • ability to use map and compass
  • ability to use online GIS resources
  • ability to register field data using GPS and mobile apps, as well as transfer these data to digital maps (QGIS)
  • ability to produce and edit digital maps in QGIS
  • ability to execute some common analyses in QGIS

General qualifications

  • understand how GIS can be applied in mapping, physical planning and analyses

Entry requirements


Recommended previous knowledge

Basic knowledge in the use of computers and file management

Teaching methods

Lectures, obligatory exercises and 1 day of field excursion.

Compulsory learning activities

11/ 11 approved exercises

Attended field excursion


Exam part 1: Home exam in groups (40% weight) Exam part 2: written exam (60% weight). Grading A-F.

Each part of the exam must be passed to obtain a passing grade in the course. If one of the exam parts and therefore the final grade is not passed, then it is only required to repeat the exam part which was not passed.

Examination support material

Part 1: All examination aids are permitted.

Part 2: Ruler is permitted as examination aid.

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