Geographic information system I

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Course TypeCourse CodeNo. Of Credits
Foundation ElectiveSHE2ED3162

To which offered: III or IV semester

Course Title: Geographic information system I

Credits: 2 Credits

Course Code (new): SHE2ED316

Type of Course: Elective yes Cohort MAED

Course Coordinator and Team: Dr Pulak Das

Email of course coordinator: pulak[at]aud[dot]ac[dot]in

Pre-requisites: Graduate


The course entails basic concept of Geographic information system, techniques and their application in various fields. In this course, students acquire a base of geographic knowledge and data collection methods used in subsequent GIS application. Students learn to create and manipulate attribute tables, to create and manipulate graphic objects and to link attribute tables to graphic objects (using QGIS). Students are introduced to: layer structures to organize data and maintain data integrity, projection, thematic mapping concepts, selection sets and SQL queries, summary statistics and geocoding, vector GIS, with an emphasis on GIS as a spatial data base for information management. Using GIS software (QGIS), students create spatial databases, edit and manipulate data, query databases. Students explore topics including data organization, file structures, topology, and the linkage between graphic and non-graphic elements of a spatial database. The analytical capabilities of vector GIS, including thematic, Buffer, Area calculation are introduced. Introduction to GPS and their application with a field work experience will be provided to students..


Learning objectives:

  • To understand functional basis of a GIS, appreciate the potential uses of GIS in social and natural resource management.
  • Creation of quality spatial data using GIS
  • Implement the technology to store and manage large sets of spatial data
  • Identify spatial relationships and pattern, and recognized methodology to assist in decision-making mechanism for the production of high-quality maps using the latest technology in natural resource management.
  • Develops a strategy to implement an effective GIS in their research


Course Outcomes:

  • On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • Use tools and technologies like GPS and GIS
  • Use specialised software such as QGIS, for quantitative and qualitative data analysis
  • Communicate research findings effectively through maps


Broad topics:

  • Introduction to GIS
  • Various elements of GIS
  • Digitization, creation of vector layers
  • Vector layers, editing, overlay
  • Vector buffer, intersection, and union
  • Creation of Database
  • Introduction & Use of GPS
  • GPS data plotting and conversion of GPS data in to shape file format
  • Final map representation with all map elements
  • Application of GIS in ecology and environment, society and urban studies.


Indicative Reading list:

  • Principles of geographical information systems, 3rd edn, by Peter A. Burrough, Rachael A. McDonnell, Christopher D. Lloyd, 2016, Oxford University Press, ISBN: 978-0198748618
  • Geographic Information Science and Systems 4th Edition, by Paul A. Longley, Michael F. Goodchild, David J. Maguire, David W. Rhind, 2015, Wiley, ISBN: 978-1118676950
  • Managing Natural Resources with GIS, by Laura Lang, 1998, Environmental Systems Research Institute Inc.,U.S. ISBN: 978-1879102538



Assessment will be carried out in three phases, submission of practical assignment (soft/hard), end term exam, and a field exercise. Assessments will be carrying 30%, 30%, and 40% of the total marks.