Core Modules

1 Module: Introduction to Geoinformatics

This introductory module has a special position as a first study component of the curriculum. It provides orientation and sets the frame for working with the subsequent modules. Specifically, it supports the development of a personal style working with the distance-learning materials. In addition to these objectives regarding the study format, the following domain-related content is offered:

 

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2 Module: Data Modelling and Data Structures

This module provides a profound overview of common data structures and data models in GIS. It explores how the real world around us can be mapped (application- and goal-oriented) in all its complexity with automate processed structures. Specific module contents include:

 

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3 Module: Data Acquisition and Data Sources

The third module applies to the practical aspects of the 'population' of spatial data structures with real-world information. It gives an overview of the diversity of primary and secondary acquisition methods and thereby provides insights in the genesis and the related suitability for use of spatial data for specific use cases. A substantial part of the access record and listing of important digital resources as well as development of geographic information by standards-compliant documentation. It will also focus on the management of GI projects. Specific module contents include:

 

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4 Module: Geo-database Management

In this module, the conceptual foundations of conventional database systems are introduced by working on hands-on examples. On this basis, the knowledge is transferred to spatial data management and geodatabase systems. Specific module contents include:

 

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5 Module: Visualisation and Cartography

Knowledge on the visual communication of spatial issues is essential, because virtually every GI professional actively design maps. This module aims at professionals from different domains to take advantage of cartographic data processing for their respective tasks. Specific module contents related to conventional as well as digital publication forms (Web mapping, mobile mapping) include:

 

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6 Module: Application Development

This module serves as introduction to GIS programming. There are different courses available for this topic, on the one hand in order to cover the wide range of technology and software architectures; on the other hand to enable students to choose one based on the professional context and the resulting practical requirements. The specific module contents depend on the selected technology and platform that will be used. However, each course meets all aforementioned learning outcomes.

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7 Module: Spatial Analysis

Spatial analysis methods are a central feature of all geographic information systems. This core area of geoinformatics aims at a transfer of domain issues towards an adequate use of analytical methods and tools of the geoinformatics, by adequate problem structuring and conceptualisation. This module introduces the fundamental methods and techniques of geographical analysis. Specific module contents include:

 

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