90618 - GEOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION SYSTEMS - GIS

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  • Teacher Emanuele Santini

  • Credits 4

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language Italian

  • Campus of Bologna

  • Degree Programme Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Local and Global Development (cod. 9200)

  • Course Timetable from Sep 20, 2021 to Dec 13, 2021

SDGs

This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Quality education Gender equality Reduced inequalities Climate Action

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

The laboratory allows the student to acquire, also through practical examples and the use of appropriate software, skills and notions on study methods and practices and definition of the procedures for analyzing topics relating to georeferencing, geo-processing, geographical data selection and human security.

Course contents

Targets
The GIS Laboratory aims to provide students with a reasoned view of the characters and basic principles of the Geographic Information Systems assigned to manage the relationship between Environment and Humanitarian Emergencies.

Starting from an introductory analysis of the fundamentals of the GIS and of the digitalisation techniques of the environment, the specific objective of the Laboratory is to allow the student to acquire the basic practical and operational knowledge of the GIS used for the Cooperation and Development projects and for emergency management.

Course Language

Italian

Basic Knowledge

No previous knowledge or experience with GIS platforms is required.
For an adequate participation in the GIS Laboratory, the professor suggest the preliminary reading of the following text:
- E. Caiaffa, ECDL GIS. La rappresentazione cartografica e i fondamenti del GIS, McGraw-Hill 2011, Chapters 1 - 2 - 3

Frequency

The attendance of the lessons, although not mandatory, remains strongly recommended by the Professor.

Organization of the course

The course is organized with all lectures. Anyway the students will be able to follow the lessons of the entire course remotely on MS TEAMS. After a brief introductory part, the lessons will be characterized by practical exercises using a GIS platform (on MS Windows OS). Attending students will actively participate in the exercises: it is therefore necessary to have a laptop with an MS Windows operating system (release 8.1 or above).

Course Program

Part one:

- Introduction to Digital Cartography.

- Introduction to DataBase.

- Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

 

Part two (practical exercises):

- Spatial Data Selection

- Georeferencing of Raster Data

- Processing of Raster Data

- Spatial Analysis and Geoprocessing

- Geoprocessing: Overlay toolset

- Geoprocessing: tool Buffer

- Map Design

- Human Security: GIS and Refugee Camps

- Human Security: GIS and Demining Action

- Humans security: GIS and Covid-19

 

Recommended Reading Texts:

- E. Caiaffa, ECDL GIS. La rappresentazione cartografica e i fondamenti del GIS, McGraw-Hill 2011

- N. Dainelli, F. Bonechi, M. Spagnolo, A. Canessa, Cartografia Numerica, Dario Flaccovio 2008

- C. Brewer, Designing Better Maps: A Guide for GIS Users, ESRI Press 2015

- A. Mitchell, The Esri Guide to GIS Analysis, Volume 1: Geographic Patterns and Relationships, ESRI Press 2020

 

Readings/Bibliography

Mandatory material for exam:

Attending Students:

- Course text by the teacher (information on the availability of the text will be given in the first week of the course and contextually on website).

- Notes on the application exercises in the classroom.

NON-Attending Students:

- Course text by the teacher (information on the availability of the text will be given in the first week of the course and contextually on website).

- E. Caiaffa, ECDL GIS. La rappresentazione cartografica e i fondamenti del GIS, McGraw-Hill 2011, Chapters 2 - 3

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NOTE: Attending students who have already taken and passed the "Systems and Technologies for Development and Cooperation" exam are exempted from studying the Text.

Teaching methods

The laboratory includes lectures held in the classroom and/or remotely aimed at acquiring the fundamental knowledge for the achievement of the training objectives.

The lectures will be linked with Practical Application Exercises on the GIS software made available by the University with the active participation of the attending students.

Assessment methods

Attendig Students:

- Oral exam and practical exercises on digital GIS software

NON-attending students:

- Oral exam

Office hours

See the website of Emanuele Santini