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Academic year
ARK500 - Geographical information analysis
Geografisk informationsbehandling
Course syllabus adopted 2022-02-10 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: TAFFS
3,0 Credits
Grading: TH - Pass with distinction (5), Pass with credit (4), Pass (3), Fail
Education cycle: First-cycle
Main field of study: Civil and Environmental Engineering

Teaching language: Swedish
Application code: 60117
Open for exchange students: No
Maximum participants: 50
Only students with the course round in the programme overview
Status, available places (updated regularly): Yes

Module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0115 Project 3,0 c Grading: TH   3,0 c    

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General entry requirements for bachelor's level (first cycle)
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.

Specific entry requirements

The same as for the programme that owns the course.
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.


The course will provide a basis of knowledge within the area of Geographical information management and processing, its use and application applied to the built environment (mostly focusing on the urban environment). The students will be able to carry out the management of geographical data through simple analysis and presentation forms, in order to describe and visualize different types of applications related to an urban environment.

This course creates a basic understanding of how to use geographic data sources and geographical information from different databases. Databases mostly belong to municipalities and governmental authorities and can be used to geographically describe the built environment and socio-demographic data. The course will introduce different types of geographical data, different applications and simpler analyzes, as well as visualization methods and presentation forms via software that is called (GIS) and is specifically focused on the management of geographical data.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

  1. Describe different data models for digital spatial data (raster and vector) and be able to indicate how spatial data is typically organized, stored and administered in a computer-based environment.
  2. Identify different types of geographical information and be able to describe data that is relevant in urban planning and the built environment, both from a governmental (municipality) and social perspective.
  3. Describe different types of subject-specific models regarding spatial phenomena linked to the built environment.
  4. Use a selection of basic geographical analysis methods.
  5. Describe a selection of basic cartographic methods and explain the meaning of different map projections, geodetic reference systems and coordinate systems.
  6. Independently and in group conduct basic analysis of property-relevant geographical data in raster and vector formats using standard software for GIS.
  7. Be able to present workflow and results from the collection and analysis of geographical data.
  8. Perform and present simple statistical evaluations of spatial data in both oral and written form including images, diagrams, descriptive text and maps


Basic knowledge on geographical data management in urban environment with links to other courses such as BOM210 Urban functions and design. Implementation of a subject-specific project linked to analysis of property information and property development.


The course contains lectures and exercises. The lectures serve as support for managing geographic data within the subject area GIS. The lectures are compulsory, which means 80% attendance. Lectures and exercises, will constitute the basis for the development of student’s projects, also called tasks. Students will work individually or in group. Parts of the teaching are in English.


For more information on the content of lectures and materials in the course, students can also refer to the book "Geografisk Informationsbehandling - Teori, metoder och tillämpningar”, sjätte upplagan. ISBN: 9789144088778.

Examination including compulsory elements

In its current form, this course has an individual grading, which means that the course requires compulsory submission of a number of assignments, as well as the compulsory attendance of the lectures that must be fulfilled to 80%.

The course examiner may assess individual students in other ways than what is stated above if there are special reasons for doing so, for example if a student has a decision from Chalmers on educational support due to disability.

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