Module 6

Advanced Geo-information Applications

This module synthesizes all other content of modules 1 through 5. It is a follow up of Module 2 regarding the applications; a follow up of Module 5 regarding the contents; and it provides an impression of the remaining part of the GIMA course.


  • Volunteered Geo-information and open data
  • Spatial (GIS) models and databases
  • Spatial Simulations
  • Webmapping and webapplications

Course objectives

The student will be able to:

  • Integrate knowledge and skills of the previous modules (1, 2, 4, 5);
  • Apply project management and progress monitoring skills to prepare, plan, execute, manage and monitor a GIS project;
  • Summarize and report relevant and state-of-the-art research relevant to the project by executing a scientific literature study.
  • Independently use appropriate GI techniques and methods in the context of specific applications;
  • Present the methodology and results in an appropriate manner for a specific context;
  • Develop a critical attitude towards data and data processing methods;
  • Evaluate organisational restraints and consequences.


During the first two days the participants have lectures about the course set-up, project and organisational management, research methods and case specific information. Examples of projects are given and discussed and a start is made with setting up the project. Depending on the  topic chosen in module 5, students choose from different cases, which include:

  • Road Modality & Occupancy Patterns web (TUD)
  • Roof-Mounted Photovoltaic Solar Panels (TUD)
  • Finding geo-data produced by the crowd (ITC)
  • Spatial temporal land use modelling (WUR)
  • Air Quality and Route Planning (WUR)
  • Generating DEM from stereophotos (UU)

Together with three or four other students, the student works on the case he/she picked. The group work includes: writing a project plan, preparing data, data analysis, visualizing results and scientific reporting. In the last week of the module the students will present their case.

Type of education

M6 assignment example

M6 assignment example

  • Lectures
  • Supervisor discussions
  • Distance learning
  • Literature research
  • Project Plan
  • Reporting
  • Presentation
  • Evaluation


  • – Project results (presentation, report, individual assignment)
  • – Individual assignment


Literature is dependent on the selected case to serve as academic theory.

Entry requirements

  • Letter of acceptance of the master programme Geographical Information Management and Applications
  • Passed Module 1 (GEO4-GIMA1)
  • Passed (or actively participated in, and about to pass) Module 2 (GEO4- GIMA2). If grade of Module 2 is not yet published at the start of Module 6, students may nevertheless start with Module 6
  1.  Students who have a pass grade (5.5 or higher) on the basis of the breadthfirst part of Module 5 (including both breadth-first assignments and breadthfirst exam, and without supplementary test) are allowed to start with Module 6.
  2.  Students who do not meet rule 1, but have a pass grade (5.5 or higher) on the basis of Module 5 as a whole (all components of breadth-first and in-depth, and without supplementary test) are allowed to start with Module 6.

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