GEOG3523 - GIS Data Capture and Mapping


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment and written examination
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Assignment 3/5
School exam 2/5 3 hours D

Course content

This methodology course covers fundamental cartographic concepts. Students will get an understanding of the whole map production workflow, including database design, data capture and fundamentals of remote sensing. Students will be able to apply principles of map design to create effective visual representations of geographic data in different formats (e.g., hardcopy, digital). The students need to complete an individual mapping project, that will be part of the final grading assessment together with the final written exam.

Learning outcome


By the end of the course, students will:

  • Be able to define and describe a map production workflow, developed in a Geographic Information System (GIS);
  • Understand the features of map design;
  • Critically evaluate a map product;
  • Have fundamental cartography concepts.


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

  • Work with different remote sensing data and aerial photographs;
  • Produce thematic maps;
  • Work and understand LIDAR and point clouds product;
  • Create and work with geospatial database;
  • Collect and visualize data in a GIS environment.

General competence

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

  • Produce effective visual representation of spatial data
  • Evaluate the whole map production workflow.

Learning methods and activities

Up to 16 hours lectures, 16 hours practical GIS-exercises.

The course will be held in English. It is expected that the assignments, the final individual individual mapping project and the final written exam are completed in English. Exceptions must be clarified with the main coordinator of the course at the beginning of the semester.

Students admitted to Master in Geography or Geography With Teacher Education interested in developing a Master thesis in physical geography topics and students interested in using GIS methodologies can choose GEOG3523 as a compulsory methodology course.

Teaching will only be given if a sufficient number of students register for the course and if the Department has sufficient teaching resources. See for the most up to date information on the courses not being offered.

Compulsory assignments

  • Assignments

Further on evaluation

Both parts of the exam must be submitted and graded E or higher to pass the course. Same form of examination is given when re-sitting for the exam. It is possible to re-sit for one out of two exams. Written exam for the course is offered both semesters, while the assignment-part must be taken in the same semester when lectured.

Required previous knowledge

Completed bachelor`s degree and basic knowledge within GIS.

Course materials

Articles and technical reports will be announced in the beginning of the semester.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
GEOG8523 7.5 AUTUMN 2023
More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Geomatics
  • Geography
  • Geography
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Geography


Examination arrangement: Assignment and written examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 2/5 D 2023-11-30 15:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL311 lyseblå sone Sluppenvegen 14 50
Autumn ORD Assignment 3/5





Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD School exam 2/5 D 2024-06-05 15:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL111+SL210 Sluppenvegen 14 1
Spring ORD Assignment 3/5





Room Building Number of candidates
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