Module 5

Advanced Methods and Techniques for Geo-data Handling

This course continues where Module 1 left off. It addresses more than Module 1 on the processes behind GI. The course will be followed by the application of the contents in Module 6.


M5 assignment example

M5 assignment example

  • Spatial analysis
  • Geodata models
  • Geodatabases
  • Python programming
  • Spatialtemporal modelling
  • 3D modelling
  • Web-based geodata dissemination

Course objectives

The student will be able to:

  • Have an overview of simple and advanced spatial data models and understand which model serves which purpose
  • Be proficient in elementary (query) spatial data operators, in both raster and vector domain
  • Understand and be able to set up and carry out spatial computations
  • Understand the principles of spatiotemporal modelling in GIS
  • Understand, and to some extend apply, the principles of spatial planning support
  • Understand how geodata can be made public using visualization technology developed for the internet
  • Have specialized themselves in one of the offered in-depth study topics


Two phases: a breadth-first phase, and an in-depth phase.

The breadth-first phase covers in principle six topic assignments:

  1. Spatial analysis
  2. Simple and advanced geodata models
  3. Geodatabases and their design and use
  4. Python programming
  5. Spatial-temporal modelling
  6. Web-based geodata dissemination

The in-depth phase will build on one of the breadth-first topics.

Type of education

This distance learning module will include:

  • Lectures
  • Distance learning
  • Academic reviewing
  • Literature study
  • Individual assignments
  • Case study (in-depth analysis)
  • Reporting
  • Presentation
  • Evaluation


  • Written examination and exercises (on breadth-first topics)
  • Written report and presentation (on in-depth topic)


Reader with background information for breadth-first topics

Entry requirements

Letter of acceptance of the master programme Geographical Information Management and Applications and passed Module 1.

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