Course in Geographical Information Systems

University Centre of the Westfjords

Program Description

Course in Geographical Information Systems

University Centre of the Westfjords

(6 ECTS)

Introduction to the concepts, principles, approaches, and issues associated with Geographical Information Systems. No previous exposure to GIS is necessary. The course will provide the student with an understanding of the basic concepts of GIS and its role as a data management tool in coastal zone management. It will provide students with an understanding of the techniques of GIS data and spatial analysis. The course is divided between lectures and laboratories and an emphasis is placed on practical experience using GIS software (ArcGIS).

The aim of this course is to provide an understanding of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and to provide an introduction to the concepts, principles, approaches and issues associated with GIS.

Goals, aims and teaching objectives:

At the end of the course, students will have gained:

  • An awareness of the main sources of spatial data
  • Basic skills and practical experience in handling spatial data, including analysis using ESRI ArcGIS
  • An appreciation of issues relating to data quality in GIS
  • An awareness of benefits and shortcoming of using GIS
  • Skills to use GIS to identify and explore environmental issues

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, students will:

  • have a basic knowledge of GI Systems and the use of spatial data.

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • organise and manage data in a GISystem
  • process spatial and attribute data.
  • apply GIS software for performing various analysis.
  • create GIS and cartographic outputs / maps for presentation.


  • During the course, at least seven (7) practical assignments will be graded.
  • Essays are part of some of the practicals.
  • Each practical will be graded separately.
  • Students should complete each practical individually, not in groups.
  • Each question posed in each practical should be answered.
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated November 23, 2015
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Jan. 2017
3 weeks
Full time
60,000 ISK
Start date Jan. 2017
Iceland Westfjords
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 3 weeks
Price 60,000 ISK