GEOG3523 - GIS Data Capture and Mapping


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment and written examination
Grade: Letter grades

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

Course content

This methodology course covers digital map production from data capture to finished web-GIS or hardcopy. The students will get an understanding of the whole map production work flow, including database design, data capture using remote sensing data and field based GIS digitization. Catographic output as web-GIS and hardcopy map will also be covered. The students will complete a mapping project (portfolio), and final map products will be part of the grading assessment together with final written exam.

Learning outcome

The subject focuses on map production in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) from data capture to represent spacious data in web and paper maps. Spatial data modeling, database design, data capture and the use of remote analysis data are important factors. Processing of different types of data in preparation for data capture in GIS will be covered. Digital cartography and map production are also important. After completing the course, the student should be able to produce maps on an independent basis.

Learning methods and activities

Up to 16 hours lectures, 16 hours practical GIS-exercises. It is expected that portfolio hand-ins and examinations must be completed in English. Exceptions must be clarified with the lecturer responsible for the course.

Students admitted to Master in Geography or Geography With Teacher Education and who writes a master`s thesis in physical geography and/or using GIS in their thesis, 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 better 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.

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

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 10.0 AUTUMN 2019
AAR4847 7.5 AUTUMN 2022
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2022

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

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

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 Assignment 2/5





Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD School exam 3/5 D 2022-12-10 09:00 INSPERA
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Spring ORD Assignment 2/5 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD School exam 3/5 D INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
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