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GE413 Cartography and GIS

Course description for academic year 2022/2023

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


The student acquires:

  • 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)


The student can:

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

General competence

The student will 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 practical and written exercises and 1 day of field excursion.

Compulsory learning activities

  • 6/6 approved digital tests
  • 3/3 approved written assignments
  • 2/2 attended practical exercises
  • attended field excursion

Approved work requirements are valid for the three following semesters.


Exam part 1: Project work in groups (40% weight). Exam part 2: Written examination under supervision (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, paper, pen and calculator are permitted as examination aid.

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