2023-2024 / GEOG0238-5

Geographical Information Systems, Introduction


15h Th, 15h Pr

Number of credits

 Master in history of art and archaeology : archeometrics (120 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Bachelor in geology2 crédits 
 Master in biology of organisms and ecology (120 ECTS)3 crédits 
 Master in biology of organisms and ecology (120 ECTS)5 crédits 


Roland Billen, François Jonard


François Jonard

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

The course deals with the introductory aspects of geographic information systems: reference coordinate systems, data acquisition, information representation modes, spatial operations and processing, map design.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

At the end of this teaching unit, the student will be able to :

- manage reference coordinate systems in GIS software,

- perform basic operations in vector and raster mode,

- to carry out a simple cartographic design.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Windows environment on PC

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Course integrating theory with practical works achieved on PC with dedicated software.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

- Face-to-face.

- Lectures 3 or 4 hours / week.

Recommended or required readings

- Slides in PDF format available on eCampus server

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam

Additional information:

Practical exam, consisting in the modelling and solving of two applications with the help of the dedicated software used during the course. 

Attendance to courses and exercise sessions is mandatory to present exams.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

The software used for the exercises is open source. They can be downloaded by students onto their own computers, but the supervisory team cannot provide personalised supervision, so the use of personal computers is the responsibility of the student. Use of the university's computers is strongly recommended for the exam, so here again the use of personal computers is the sole responsibility of the student.


Prof. Roland Billen

Prof. François Jonard

Thomas Dethinne

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