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Introduction to geographic information systems

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

The course aims to prepare students to read, understand, interpret, and create maps and other products from maps for (geo)scientific purposes. 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 other courses and thesis projects.

Learning outcome

  • Construction of maps and understanding their significance
  • Interdependence of (geo)science and spatial studies

  • Be able to apply spatial knowledge and get relevant results by using specialized software or equipment
  • Be able to perform basic spatial analysis functions using specialized software
  • Be able to create and interpret maps

General Competence:
  • Background in geographic information science that can be used as a basis for other areas of study
  • Have an understanding of geographic information science, including database theory and cartographic theory
  • Be able to communicate and explain geographic information in applications to geology or other fields of study


The course includes:
  • Reading, understanding, and interpreting maps
  • Mapping techniques with the use of geographic information systems (GIS)
  • Field mapping with use of GPS
  • Reading and understanding scientific literature
  • Writing scientific summary of work
  • Present work in scientific manner

Required prerequisite knowledge



Weight Duration Marks Aid
Portfolio1/1 A - F
Ongoing assessment where the grade is determined by:
  • Test - 20%: One theoretical test
  • Cartography report - 35%
  • Mapping project in groups - 45%

The final grade for the course set by the teacher. There is no exam in this course.
All parts of the assessment must be passed. Students who fail in the course or want to improve their grade have to take the course again.
All GIS-based assignments must be turned in digitally.
Course communications will be via email and Canvas. It's up to the student to make sure e-mail is set up correctly with the University.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator
Lisa Jean Watson
Head of Department
Alejandro Escalona Varela

Method of work

Presence in all teaching activities is strongly recommended as it requires training of computer skills and/or advanced concepts in the laboratory
The course is taught in English; software is in English; optional text books in English. If Bokmål is required for course documents, please alert instructor so a suitable replacement can be found.

Overlapping courses

Course Reduction (SP)
Geology seminar I (BPG110_1) 5

Open to

Civil Engineering - Bachelor's Degree Programme
Geosciences Engineering - Bachelor's Degree Programme
Petroleum Technology - Bachelor's Degree Programme
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Petroleum Geosciences Engineering - Master of Science Degree Programme
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Societal safety - Master's degree programme
Technical Societal Safety - Master's Degree Programme

Course assessment

Standard UiS procedure.


Link to reading list

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

Sist oppdatert: 15.08.2020